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Old 10-03-2013, 02:06 PM   #81
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Their parents tell me ABOUT their beliefs and religions and celebrations, and I love that they do. But, they don't tell me in such a way that what they believe is right for everyone. I believe in my faith, but it's MINE, not theirs.
I like the way this is worded. You can tell my children all about what you believe, as long as you preface it with, "I/We believe...". You don't even need my permission, as long as you don't go about presenting your beliefs to my children as concrete facts.
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:51 PM   #83
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I'm Catholic, and no, that's not ok at all. We do say grace before meals, but if we have a non-Catholic guest I usually pray privately with my kids (DH is not religious). I don't want to make people feel uncomfortable.
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:25 PM   #84
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Athiest here, no, never; without specificly being asked by the parents or gaurdians. I wouldn't try to convince someone's child/teen that there wasn't a god, so I expect the same. I don't care if the kid is 5 or 15. With that said, if my kid is over your place and you pray before meals, I expect them to act respectfully and don't consider that prostelyizing. If my kid asks you a question, please feel free to answer it as you see fit. I would do the same for your child. Curiousity is the best form of learning.

To me, your question implies that the adult in this sitution is actively trying to convert the child to their way of thinking, and that is wrong imo. I don't care if it's another athiest, I'd be pretty PO if it was my kid.
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they should have just banned the movies all together! It doesnt make sense without the sea witch. I had a friend whose parents were similar, i wasnt aloud to pretend to have magic powers, like matilda, it was pretty devastating, shes a lesbian now
That is totally my DP. she was submerged in Christian lifestyle so seriously she went wasn't allow to listen to any main steam music, thought her period was god punishing her for masturbating because she was taught it was ungodly, went bible college even though she was already questioning the religion & came out about 6 years later. haha
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I am a believer and agree w/ this however, we wont change the way we do things just because of others that believe differently.
That's completely different IMO. If you pray at dinner, go for it. If my child asks questions answer them simply in an age appropriate fashion or defer to the parents. IMO those are 1000 times different than prosthelytizing, KWIM?
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So what about handing out tracts at Halloween?
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So what about handing out tracts at Halloween?
Tracts are junk mail, straight to the garbage! You also set yourself up to be the house that gets egged for not giving out candy and/or giving out religious tracts.
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So what about handing out tracts at Halloween?
My family gave out tracts, pennies, and sometimes apples. Then eventually we graduated to tracts and candies. Halloween-themed tracts tend to focus on hell-type subjects too. It was so uncomfortable being "that family." I don't think it's the best time or manner.

One of my relatives does a reverse Halloween. Their kids dress up in cute outfits and visit the neighborhood giving lollipops to the house owners and saying something about the treat of God's love. They refuse to receive candy themselves. They've enjoyed doing that actually.
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