Adventures in Parenting

I have been reading a lot of articles and comments on Facebook about religion in schools, people’s religious beliefs, and just about religion in general. The majority of it has been in America and while I and my family are Canadian I can’t wholly identify.

It got me thinking about religion in general and my experiences with it growing up. Please do no bash on this post and while I encourage CONSTRUCTIVE criticism don’t be rude. I will block you. This is my opinion and I am entitled to have it, just as you are.

I lived in small communities all my childhood. When I was born I was baptized United as my grandparents did not like the Anglican Church iin our town. Apparently my biological father was baptized at the same time as well.

I grew up going to church on Sundays and attending Sunday school until about age 8 when my parents divorced and my biological mother moved us away from her parents. I did not go to church again until about age 15 when we moved to another small town where my grandparents attended the Anglican Church which I then learned was our family’s ‘brand of Christianity’ the whole time. I attended Confirmation at age 16 and even taught Sunday school for a while. In my senior years of high school I performed in Jesus Christ Superstar as put on by the community.

You would think, based on this, that I would have continued.

This is not the case. In those gap years from church I had many friends of many different faiths. In my childhood group there was myself, a Catholic girl, a Jewish girl, and a Jehovah’s Witness girl. We were such close friends. I was able to be exposed to many different views. As a bookworm, I found myself deeply interested in Greek Mythology and it’s pantheon of Gods and Goddesses which was so foreign to me.

After attending University and taking a few classes on different religions I discovered that, if anything, I am Agnostic. This means I don’t subscribe to one single faith, yet I believe the possibility of a higher power hanging out up there.

And now it comes to my children.

I do no want to push views on them. I feel as though I was not given a choice growing up as to what I wanted to believe. My Boy is not baptized and my second child will not be as well. This is a choice I want them to be able to make.

I don’t believe religion belongs in school. Far too often if it is involved it is the Christian religion and there are so many more views out there.

I have no problem with people who are religious. My former University friend is now a Lutheran Minister and another friend is the daughter of a minister. I only have a problem with the people who want to throw religion in my face. The ones who tell me I am a horrible person for not baptizing my children and that they are now doomed to hell.

I don’t think so.

My husband is pretty ‘meh’ about the whole thing but I believe he at least thinks along the same lines as I do or else we would have problems.

If m children want to be in a Christian Rock band and attend church three times a week, that’s their choice. If they want to travel to Japan and study at a Bhuddist temple, I’ll be jealous, but that’s their choice. If they want to go study under an Aboriginal Elder, that’s totally cool with me. As long as their religious choices don’t hurt anyone (no sacrifices please!) and don’t break any laws, I’m down with it.

Posted by Sarah Jayne

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