I’m an atheist, always have been always will be. But I am open minded when it come to finding out about others religions.
For the last 4 years the child (during the winter) has been going to a “kids club” thingy at a local church. He goes because he enjoys it. All his mates are there (yes he is a geek :D), it’s 2 hours out on a Friday night and they do things he enjoys.
NZ said has “bible in schools” officialy not during school hours and only half an hour a week (schools can opt in or out of this), the child attended during his first year at school but after a “mum you are wrong” discussion, I opted him out untill he was 10 (no that was not an age I just arrived at…different school).
But at ten I thought he was old enough to start thinking about religion for himself. He quickly took himself out of “bible in schools” but just as quickly joined this youth group at a church his mates went to. To be fair only one out of his small circle attends the church, the others just enjoy the “kids club”.
He arrived home tonight with a permission slip for a camp (a weekend), it lists all the activities for the camp “Auckland’s coolest flying fox and the most awesome confidence course and extreme downhill trollies” and then “Short but sweet talks on how to relate better with your friends, family and God”
I’m in a bit of a dither.
Should I let him go? The plus is lots of fun and terror (knowing the child). The minus is a shitload of religion all weekend “God let you survive extreme downhill trolly racing”
I don’t mind him going but does that make me a flaming hypocrite ? I feel a bit weird sending the child off to a Christian weekend. I don’t know if I am cheating them, him or me.
Should I let him go? Everytime I think NO I think …ahhhhhhhh but would a fundy christian let their kid go in a atheist weekend?. Then I want him to go. But in my heart I don’t want him to go. I want to be all “fundy” and say “Don’t you preach to my child”.
I should stop thinking let him go really I spose?