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

From: Tim C.
Sent on: Thursday, December 6, 2012 4:05 PM
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...


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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