We have further evidence of the authoritarian nature of modern day atheism. Here’s a video of a semi-popular 17-year-old Gnu sharing the wisdom of a 17-year-old Gnu. What does this new generation of Gnus have in store for us?
At 4:51, he spells out his ideology on parenting and religion:
I think the most important thing a parent can be in terms of religion and the upbringing of a child is secular. I don’t really care what you believe, as long as you let the children come to their own conclusions when they’re old enough.
So even if you are a Christian, you are supposed to raise your child as an atheist (keeping in mind that we are told atheism is simply a lack of God belief which, in turn, is simply secularism). He doesn’t care if you are a Christian as long as you don’t share it with your children. Of course, Cosmic Skeptic is not alone.
A couple months ago, a Gnu named Travis was making essentially the same point:
I am not encouraging them to teach atheism and existentialism to their children. I believe that parents should not take their kids to church, should not teach them that these faith systems are the truth, and should not try and inspire religious belief in them…… I don’t think public schools or the government should promote any one religion as correct, and I don’t think parents should tell this to their children either.
This Gnu insists that parents should be as secular/atheistic as the public school system.
Look, I don’t share these authoritarian tendencies. For record, I think atheist parents should be able to raise their children however they think best. If they want to teach their children atheism , send them to Camp Quest, and have them read Dawkins and Harris, it’s none of my business to tell them otherwise (even though the children will receive plenty of misinformation). I’m more of a live and let live type.
But this younger generation of Gnus, indoctrinated by Richard Dawkin’s ideology on these matters, have more of an authoritarian nature. They insist that religious people behave and talk as secular parents around their children. They insist that religious parents raise children by acting as if atheism was true.
So while I have never accused atheists of child abuse for raising their children in a secular world view, multiple atheists have accused religious people of child abuse for raising their children in a religious world view. And while I have never insisted that atheist parents should behave as Christians when raising their children, atheists have insisted that religious parents should behave as atheists when raising their children. The New Atheists not only want to poke their nose in other people’s bedrooms, but also their kitchens, their living rooms, their dining rooms, and their family rooms.
What’s even more astounding is that this desire to control other people is rooted in a world view that insists our morality is simply a matter of personal taste. From Travis:
As to this issue about relative morals and “what I think is wrong,” of course there is no absolute set of morals. Humans decide what is right and wrong so I’m making an argument, whether or not you agree with it. None of what I’m saying is “right” is objectively true because this is impossible.
Leading me to reply:
But no one is claiming you have to raise your children as if Christianity is true. You are the one insisting Christians raise their children as if atheism was true. If you seek to impose your morality on others, it doesn’t help your position to discover you agree that your own morality is simply a matter of subjective taste. Why do you think anyone will alter their behavior because of your own idiosyncratic sentiments?
Look, here’s the solution – worry about your own kids and raise them the best that you can. Don’t be a busybody, poking your nose into other people’s houses and insisting that your ideas of parenting be implemented by all.
At that point, Travis ran away.