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Re: [humanism-174] Now, about that God character... :)

From: Linas K M.
Sent on: Thursday, December 6, 2012 4:23 PM
And one can also read fairy tales about dragons and princesses and
witches and such, to children, I believe, with no long term ill
effects...



On Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 4:18 PM, Greg Priddy <[address removed]> wrote:
> The difference I see is that parents don't persist and reinforce the common
> childhood mythical characters as they do with religion.
>
> Also, children are not taught that any of those characters will send them to
> hell for eternity if they are bad or stop believing. The worst outcome in a
> child's mind would be a lack of hidden eggs or presents under the tree.
>
> On Thu, 6 Dec[masked]:05:49 -0500
>  Tim Campbell <[address removed]> wrote:
>>
>> I have mixed feelings on this. I understand the "fun" of Santa and the
>> Easter Bunny, etc, but at the same time, they ARE fictional creatures and
>> the  parents who pretend are actually lying to their children. Is this truly
>> harmless  fun or does it in fact set up a psychological basis for teaching
>> them other  myths as fact? And of course, when the children find out that
>> Santa is a myth,  does that discovery affect their acceptance of anything
>> coming from their  parents?
>>
>> When my mother told me that thunder was the sound of Jesus and the angels
>> bowling, was she lying, or did she just not know what the hell thunder is?
>> And was she harming me or would I have been better off with a more rational
>> explanation?  Santa, angels bowling, the Easter Bunny, Magic Jesus. Is
>> there any real difference?
>>
>> And btw, yes, I and my ex DID roll with the Santa thing with our  kids!
>> Didn't seem to harm them, but they now know my position on all of  this
>> stuff!
>>
>> Tim Campbell
>>
>>
>> In a message dated 12/6/2012 3:16:54 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
>> [address removed] writes:
>>
>> That's  just wrong. I understand it was in the context of lesson on 'real
>> vs.  imaginary', but still, the teacher should take into account what's real
>> *to a 5-year old*.
>>
>> Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy: all part of  the fun of being a
>> child. Kids figure that stuff out on their own, and  parents let them let it
>> go. Unlike some other myths we know  about...
>>
>> -Greg
>>
>> On Thu, 6 Dec[masked]:01:48 -0500
>> Mark  Tiborsky <[address removed]> wrote:
>>>
>>> Some parents in TX are  furious because a teacher indicated to
>>> Kindergarten
>>> students  that Santa isn't real-
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
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