I can feel my hair stand on end everytime my sister goes through the Scout Handbook with her son and we go through the whole "rose colored glasses" view of religion and recital of "duty to God and country." I can't stomach this whole "Easter Bunny" approach to religion like it's a requirement to make life good.
Then came the kicker. My sister asked her kid a few questions about "some things you can do to practice your religion." Her son asks "What's religion?" She fumbles around and goes "I don't know. It's the things people do to show their love for whatever god they believe in, whether it's God, Allah, or. . . I don't know. It is what it is." Then I add "Gaia, Brahma, Vishnu, Zeus, Odin, Thor. . ." My father goes "Yeah but how many people do you know that worship those old gods?" My sister goes "I'm sure there are kooky people out there that still believe these things."
Points for being unable to concisely define religion to an inquisitive kid. Bonus points for the missed moment of irony.
I find it weird that when they're talking about "What God wants of you" it comes in the form of all the secular "warm fuzzies" that everybody realizes are good outside of religion. Things like giving to charity, not lying(even though lying is a valid defense mechanism), and walking ladies across the street. My sister is unwilling to let her kid dig deeper to realize that doing good things does NOT get you into heaven. God designed hell for EVERYBODY on the planet and the only way to save yourself is to follow the "true religion". God cares as much about good deeds and morality as a cat does about sleeping in a cactus.
At what point did we decide that all these good things that humans have evolved to learn EONS ago where what "God wants"? How do we know what God wants? What if God is an evil jerk? Why wrap up all these intangible nonsense terms in one big package and call it "God"?
I'm not sure how much longer I can bite my tongue. He IS her kid, but his interest in science is astounding, and I don't know how much longer I can let her peddle the crap from "the Scouts". Eventually his thirst for science and religious brainwashing is going to come colliding together.