I had posted something a long the lines of this on a random site asking questions about religion... and well lets say it was picked apart by um well everyone... but...
I think it is 100% wrong for children to be baptized and forced in to a religion when they cant even sit up on their own.
Choosing a religion is something that should mean something to the person choosing entering which religion they choose.
I was baptized in the Catholic Church because my Mother was afraid I was going to randomly die and end up purgatory. Thanks mom...
But with that said. Brainwashing a child to believe in what you believe in isn't faith, at all. If that same child were to have been adopted by another family and that family was another religion... how is that faith? How is anything that anyone was brought up in faith? You were forced in to a religion, that you didn't at the time even know existed, you barely knew who your parents were you didn't know that when you looked in a mirror that it was a reflection, you were a baby.
When I was about 4 or 5 years old I was in day care before kindergarten and in the afternoons i was at school. The kindergarten was a Catholic Institution, I came home one day after school and asked my father why he was not my father that they lady who was teaching us spelling told me that Jesus was my father. My dad was beyond irritated and I never went back.
So many people are afraid of what is going to happen after they die, myself included. I do not believe in an afterlife, I believe in the first law of thermodynamics - an expression of the principle of conservation of energy, states that energy can be transformed (changed from one form to another), but it can neither be created nor destroyed. With that said, I will die and in turn I will decompose and contribute to the soil, though I do plan on being cremated.
I do not believe in a soul, I think that the individual that I am is significant and the chemical make up that is in my brain is what makes me who I am. My brain chemistry is different from yours, and from everyone else for that matter. Which is why I am an individual and why if I had a twin she would be a completely different person than I am.
Each individual has different fears, one is always death, we don't know what happens after until we experience it and even then I strongly believe that nothing happens. think of all of the history that happened before my birth, all the years that I wouldn't be aware of if not for books and school.
Being scared shouldn't be why you enter a religion, nor should it be why you force your children in to one.
You should be for all of their "ideals" their doctrines, it shouldn't be about power, or control, which we all know was one of the fundamental reasons for monotheistic religions that we see today.
Controlling the populous? That's why God was invented?
I enjoy Pagan religions MUCH more, teaching rather than forcing, well pagans now at least. I wasn't around in ancient Greece to know, but I do enjoy the idea of Apollo carrying the Sun across the Sky in his Chariot. Poetic explanations, for when we didn't have the tech to know the Sun was a flaming ball of gas suspended in a vacuum (well as close to a vacuum as one can get - gotta love the "quantum foam") Then again that sounds like crazy talk, a ball of gas in a vacuum?
Science what a great religion ;) It's the one I chose.