It has been opined by the atheists that the religion is harmful for society at large in general, and for young children in particular, who are force fed harmful ideology. Then the natural question is-why atheists send their children to Religious Centers? Why this contradiction?
I do not know about other religious communities, but I am talking about Muslim community. I personally know three families in Muslim community, who (one or both parents) do not believe in God and attack religion ferociously, but all three of them send their children to Islamic Centers. I am sure some of the participants also know some such families in their communities.
Let me suggest possible reasons behind it, and participants can write their comments;
1- They think it is ok to have atheist believes themselves, but not good idea for children?
2- They are hedging their bets?
3- They are afraid that the children and they themselves might get isolated from the community?
4- Under pressure from grandparents of children?
5- One parent (usually mother) wants to take children to Islamic Center, but other (usually father) with atheism views faintly grumbles but does not stop it? ( He usually fights with teachers and management)
6- When it comes to girls, no matter how strong atheism views of parents, mostly both parents’ wants to send them to Islamic Centers?
7- No matter how viciously they attack religion, the parents still believe Islamic Center is still good place for children to learn some morals and values?
If some atheist feel so strongly against religion, as the comments on our website suggest, then why compromise on any of the above grounds? Of course it is not true for all atheists in all Muslim communities, but it is true about all three families I am familiar with.
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