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

From: Greg P.
Sent on: Thursday, December 6, 2012 4:18 PM
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 
> 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 
> 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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