Protect Children From Brainwashing
(Top Posts - Social/Legal - 040301, updated 031709)

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
   http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/k2crc.htm

Excerpt which could be used as a foundation to protect children
from brainwashing:

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ARTICLE 13

1. The child shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right
shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and
ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or
in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child's
choice.

2. The exercise of this right may be subject to certain restrictions,
but these shall only be such as are provided by law and are neces-
sary:
(a) For respect of the rights or reputations of others; or
(b) For the protection of national security or of public order
(ordre public), or of public health or morals.

ARTICLE 14

1. States Parties shall respect the right of the child to freedom of
thought, conscience and religion.

2. States Parties shall respect the rights and duties of the parents
and, when applicable, legal guardians, to provide direction to the
child in the exercise of his or her right in a manner consistent with
the evolving capacities of the child.

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Comment: The key there is "consistent with the evolving capacities
of the child". One could make a strong case that scaring 3-year olds
into fearing god and hell is not consistent with the evolving capacities
of the child. As to when such a religious fear/threat tactic would be
OK for the child, that's a subject for debate (age 13, 16, 19, never?).
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3. Freedom to manifest one's religion or beliefs may be subject only
to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to
protect public safety, order, health or morals, or the fundamental
rights and freedoms of others.

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Recent shocking examples of abuse of religion resulting to harm
to children in the United States, and conveying the extent of the
danger in failing to give children the right to access to a wide
array of information on all faiths and non-faiths during their
vulnerable and formative years:

Freedom of Religion or State-Sanctioned Child Abuse?
Wednesday, February 21, 2001
  http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,100175,00.html
Excerpt: "Rising death toll fuels debate over parents
who choose prayer over medical treatment on behalf
of their children ...

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Supporting Background References:

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Born Free (031001)
  http://prohuman.net/disbelief/born_free.htm
"All of us were born free of Hinduism, Buddhism,
Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and all other faiths.
Innocent. Looking up to mom & dad (or others)
for sustenance, support, nourishment, a guiding
light as to what to do, where to go, what to be,
what life is ... Free yet dependent on those entities
that provided us with the means by which we sur-
vive to this very day ..."

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Why Children Should Be Protected
From the Bible and Christianity (102500)
  http://prohuman.net/disbelief/children_protected.htm
"Burnin' in HELL tends to scare the HELL out
of children. Call it the X-rated fear and scare
tactics of the Bible and Christianity. ..."

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What kind of parent is god? (102500)
  http://prohuman.net/disbelief/what_kind_of_parent_is_god.htm
"... so, I'm thinkin', what if the relationship
between parents and our children was just like
god's supposed relationship with his human
children, what would that be like ... let's see ..."

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How Young is Too Young ... (102500)
  http://prohuman.net/disbelief/how_young_is_too_young.htm
"... to convert your son or daughter to be
a young warrior for God? ..."

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Religion? It's all about the children
(100800)
  http://prohuman.net/disbelief/religion_all_about_children.htm
"As I've mentioned on multiple occasions,
the key to separating humankind from religious
myth is to somehow find a way to deal with the
tendency for humans to surround their children
with the myths in a never-ending cycle of
brainwashing from one generation to the next. ..."

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Why Not Let Kids Decide For
Themselves? (061700)
  http://prohuman.net/disbelief/let_kids_decide_for_themselves.htm
"Why do most parents focus on narrowly
indoctrinating their children into their little
area of religious belief, extant from all others
and extant from even the remote possibility
that religions are inventions of man? Why
not give children a wide spectrum of
knowledge from which they can make
their own choices? ..."

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