Dr. Peggy Drexler: Why Kids and Religion Mix
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Sam's parents like to say their son was eight when he found God, no real thanks to them. The family was sitting down to dinner one Tuesday evening when Sam asked if they might go around and talk about what each person was thankful for. Sam's mother, Nora, thought this was strange -- they'd never done this before -- but harmless. Until they got to Sam, who said, "Today I am thankful for my cats, television, and especially Jesus, who gives us everything."
Nora and her husband were taken aback. They had both grown up Catholic, but had decided to raise Sam and his brother without any sort of religion. They never talked about not believing in Jesus, or God -- the kids were too young for that, Nora thought -- but they didn't talk about believing, either, because, well, neither she nor her husband did. Sam, she realized, must have been getting his information on religion from kids at school, or other families, or maybe TV. While she wasn't sure she wanted to push her atheism onto
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