Posted: Apr 16, 2018 9:34 pm
by SpeedOfSound
Chris Putnam wrote:The idea of a society claiming the right to remove kids from their parents over ideology is that it would give the state a great deal of power to set the favored ideology of those in power. This is undoubtedly practiced in totalitarian states. Fear of loosing custody of ones children is a strong motivator to "tow the line". Then when someone takes power in a society they can use the power of the state to force their ideas "down peoples throats". I find this concept troubling. Perhaps this thread should take another direction. What religious teachings are acceptable? The Bible, the Koran, sin, salvation, hell, heaven, the second coming of Christ, and any other multitude of controversial religious doctrines? Shall we live like those in Marxist states and ban any teaching outside the party, especially religion? Please comment.

That just makes it a difficult problem. One that can be solved with advocacy for the children. Part of that advocacy would be exposure and education to alternative thinking. There is nothing marxist about fully educating children. The doctrine that we would be 'shoving down the parents throat' would be that of denying that exposure to ideas harms a child.

Now that is real interesting because of our penchant here in the US, and elsewhere, to pretend to protect children from ideas about sex and any other 'adult' topics.