They're still young, but the oldest 2 are in school now, and already I'm feeling frustration at the constant presence of religion. It's a public school, so it's not nearly as bad as it could be, but it's still there. And maybe that's a good thing? I sometimes feel that automatically expecting my little boys to adhere to my same beliefs is just as bad as religious parents raising their children that way. I want them to come to their own conclusion, and of course the best way to come an educated and conclusive decision is by research and experiencing all sides of said argument. Hopefully by experiencing a (hopefully) small amount of the hypocrisy and idiocy that is religion they'll be able to realize that it is indeed all bulls**t. So I suppose I'll have to endure the occasional flyer from the boys scouts with their oath about god and them learning christmas carols about baby jesus, but where will absolutely draw the line is a) any hint that someone is trying to refute scientific facts and trying to teach them any sort of creationist "evolution is a myth" crap or b) anyone trying to use god or heaven or the fear of hell as a means to try and influence them, whether it be to get them to behave or to buy cookies, I will. not. stand. for. it. I just want them to be good, decent people, not because they think that's what god wants them to be, but because it makes them feel good inside. Am I on the right track?
p.s. I don't plan on hiding the fact that I'm a non-believer from them, but I do worry that if it comes up with classmates or teachers ( I learned long ago that no one will blab your business as much as your own child lol ) that they'll face discrimination for their mother's beliefs. The thought saddens me, but I suppose I'll just have to deal with that when and if it comes.