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Old 10-02-2013, 09:11 PM   #1
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Nonbeliever here. Never without permission. Religious beliefs are a deeply personal choice.
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Nonbeliever here. Never without permission. Religious beliefs are a deeply personal choice.
I am a believer and agree w/ this however, we wont change the way we do things just because of others that believe differently.
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Nonbeliever here. Never without permission. Religious beliefs are a deeply personal choice.
Exactly. I would be so freaked out if DS came home one day raving about the Prophet Muhammad or any religious figurehead. I also want to know ahead of time what might be discussed about Christ (we are "believers") just so I'm prepared.
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No.imo it is not appropriate without consent and I would find that a breach of trust and would cut ties with them. My exinlaws who are religious know.this is.a hard boundary for and I and know.the consequences if they ever did that.
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No.imo it is not appropriate without consent and I would find that a breach of trust and would cut ties with them. My exinlaws who are religious know.this is.a hard boundary for and I and know.the consequences if they ever did that.
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Without parental consent, no.

Now, we DO share the Gospel with the neighborhood kids that hang out in our yard all day. It is part of our day. We read our Bibles in our yard while having a picnic. We talk about these things when they aren't here. But, these kids are in my yard, with no parents to be seen for hours. So, I don't consider it the same thing. We do not evangelize/prostelyize to young children when we go out street evangelizing/preaching unless the parents are there and aware.

Oh, I am sure it is all pretty obvious, but we are believers/born again Christians here I didn't think to mention that the first time, but I guess I should just in case, huh?
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Without parental consent, no.

Now, we DO share the Gospel with the neighborhood kids that hang out in our yard all day. It is part of our day. We read our Bibles in our yard while having a picnic. We talk about these things when they aren't here. But, these kids are in my yard, with no parents to be seen for hours. So, I don't consider it the same thing. We do not evangelize/prostelyize to young children when we go out street evangelizing/preaching unless the parents are there and aware.

Oh, I am sure it is all pretty obvious, but we are believers/born again Christians here I didn't think to mention that the first time, but I guess I should just in case, huh?
If neighbor kids were in my yard while I read The God Delusion aloud to my kids and discussed atheism, I would stop and tell the children that we are discussing personal beliefs, and that if they want to join they should go ask their parents to come out and chat first. I'm not saying I would hide the book, or that you should hide your bible, but it just seems polite to talk to the parents first, especially since they might have no idea there is religion being discussed. I'm sure if it were your kids in my yard you would appreciate me checking in with you in that situation.

ETA: Like others, I'm perfectly fine with stating that you are religious, or that you believe X or don't believe Y. And if I send my kid for a sleep over I will probably tell the parent's before hand that we're atheist so please don't be offended if my child sits quietly but does not pray at the table, etc. My concern with the situation you described is that if I assume my kid is playing tag, but instead he is reading bible verses, well that's pretty different. KWIM?

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If neighbor kids were in my yard while I read The God Delusion aloud to my kids and discussed atheism, I would stop and tell the children that we are discussing personal beliefs, and that if they want to join they should go ask their parents to come out and chat first. I'm not saying I would hide the book, or that you should hide your bible, but it just seems polite to talk to the parents first, especially since they might have no idea there is religion being discussed. I'm sure if it were your kids in my yard you would appreciate me checking in with you in that situation.

ETA: Like others, I'm perfectly fine with stating that you are religious, or that you believe X or don't believe Y. And if I send my kid for a sleep over I will probably tell the parent's before hand that we're atheist so please don't be offended if my child sits quietly but does not pray at the table, etc. My concern with the situation you described is that if I assume my kid is playing tag, but instead he is reading bible verses, well that's pretty different. KWIM?
The one time we saw the parents, we shared the gospel with them since then, they are no where to be found. They were not invited over. They come. These are not friends. They are neighborhood children that have parents that don't give a poo about them and they all gather here. And after the 3rd time, I don't have the heart to turn them away. That is the difference to me.
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