I wrote this as a comment in someone’s blog, and thought it was worth a blog:
A child cannot consent to an ideology being shoved on them at a young age for the same reason they cannot consent to sex. Their brain is under-developed and they lack the maturity and reasoning skills to understand either.
However while it’s considered downright evil to molest a child’s body, it’s been a time honored tradition for thousands of years to molest their brain long before they can ever consent or understand what is being done to them.
If you don’t get how this is egregious, imagine for a moment (in the original blog comment I was speaking to a christian) that someone had gotten to you when you were young and indoctrinated you into islam. You would be convinced that there is no god but allah and mohammad is his prophet right now and you would almost certainly never stop believing that. Because you didn’t make up your mind, your mind was made up for you. You were molested in a horrible way before you had any defense against such ideas. Just as if someone had opened up the back of your brain and programmed it like a computer, all of your religious freedom of thought was stripped away.
Why? Because that’s how their parents did them, and their parents’ parents and so on for a thousand years.
It’s disgusting. Especially when you consider that at least most religions must be lies, and most interpretations of the “true” religion would be false. Indoctrination is the greatest force propping up falsehood (and blasphemy) in this world.