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31
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Debate Score:48
Arguments:30
Total Votes:50
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Should parents be able to make their children go to Church?

Yes

Side Score: 17
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No

Side Score: 31
4 points

Father and Mother: "Son, do you want to go to church today?"

Son (5 years old): "No daddy and mommy, I want to eat ice cream."

Father and Mother: "Son, we're going to leave you at the house all by yourself, we can't find a babysitter for you."

Son (5 years old): "Okay momma and daddy, I go to church. I don't want to me alone. Ice cream please?"

Father and Mother: "Sure, you can have ice cream son, ready to go?"

Son (5 years old): "Yes momma and daddy, I eat ice cream, thanks."

End of story. It depends on how old they are. I don't think a 5 year old kid is going to have much of a say in much of anything. Perhaps which clothes he or she likes to wear, when they go to the restroom. Point being kids don't generally have much say with what their parents want. It's part of growing up. I do believe parents have as much right to make their kids go to church as much as a kid as choice to so yes or no, however, what do kids know anyways? Whether or not they enjoy going to church, versus no having them try it out, who knows if they will like it or not. Generally speaking, when kids go to church they're placed in a room or outside with other kids and get "taught" about their particular beliefs, then they simply eat crackers and sleep, maybe play outside if need be. It really depends on a lot of factors and circumstances.

Side: Yes
NivaZimel(135) Clarified
1 point

Generally speaking, when kids go to church they're placed in a room or outside with other kids and get "taught" about their particular beliefs, then they simply eat crackers and sleep, maybe play outside if need be.

That's true; kids are separated from their parents in "Sunday school," which is a misnomer, for very little Bible teaching takes place in most churches. This isnot the case where I go; parents and children stay together. No chance of child molesting that way, and the parents keep control over their own children's behavior. : )

Side: Yes
3 points

Basically what Lynaldae said. Seeing as I don't really view anything over 10 as a child, anyone below that age most likely won't be making any rational explanation as to why they don't want to go beyond "I'd rather play with my toys".

Besides, from what I remember of church, it wasn't so bad. While my aunt would go sacrifice goats or whatever, I'd just play in the sunday school. They had Thomas the tank engine.

'Nuff said.

Side: Yes
Elvira(3447) Disputed
1 point

At six I'd rebuked my primary school's christianity and started getting in trouble for blasphemy and witchcraft. Fun times.

Side: No

Erm... good for you, I guess ?

Side: No

It depends on the age of their children. For children 14 and under i think it is fine for parents to make them go to church, after that the parents should allow them to start making their own choice on the matter.

Side: Yes
1 point

Even though the child goes to church every sunday in their childhood, they're still able to make their own decisions.

I know some say it is brainwashing them, but that is bullshit. I know PLENTY of people I know from my church, but now have chosen to live differently from my parents.

I can even take a relative like my brother, who is .. agnostic I think, even though my parents are really religious people, and made him go to sunday school as a child.

Church is not very different from elementary schools - you are forced to go to it, but if you learn from it is up to you - if you continue to go to school (like college or something) after the elementary school is totally up to you.

Side: Yes
1 point

It really does depend on the age.. If you're a 1 year old you can't make that option cause you can barely speak. It could also be the case of whether the parents can get child care and also even if they are at an age where they can think for themselves it is still up to the parent because they have legal custody over their child untill they're 18.

Side: Yes
1 point

Parents get to decide where their young child goes. Once the child is old enough to take care of himself/herself (stay home, drive, etc,.) then he/she should be able to choose whether or not to go to church.

Side: Yes
1 point

Absolutely they should. You live under my roof, and I am responsible for you up to a certain age. I'm going to do my level best to instill a healthy religious view in you that includes morals and ethics and why they should be followed. When you get old enough to be responsible for yourself, then whether you continue in religion will be one of your life choices, but not before.

Side: Yes

Since they are minors, the children have no say in the matter.

Side: Yes

If they are minors, parents can coerce them to go to Church.

Side: Yes
Cartman(18192) Disputed
2 points

Go away.

Side: No

The child should be able to choose for themselves whether or not they want to go to church. Why the hell would you want to force someone to go to that god awful place anyway?

Side: No
NivaZimel(135) Disputed
1 point

For the same reason they should make you eat your veggies, and do your homework, and learn how to function in the real world--because it's good for you in the long run.

Side: Yes
Cuaroc(8826) Disputed
2 points

How is indoctrination a good thing?

Side: No
1 point

Well, since god doesn't exist, your argument is invalid. >:)

Side: No
3 points

Fuck no!

Side: No
3 points

NO WAY! the child should decide and that makes the children to hate church if you force him/her to go

Side: No
3 points

It depends on the age of the Child. However the question implies that the child is of age decent enough to decide whether or not they are of the same religion. For example, when I was 13, in a hardcore Christian family, i chose to let go of the religion, and despite the rule in Christianity where the person may choose whether to follow God or not, they attempted to force their Christian values on me. I went to church with them and prayed with them. Eventually i wouldn't pray with them, however for respect i still partook in "the moment of silence". I did not change my attitude. However, my parents did disagree with my decision. I regardless when with them to church, due to the fact that they don't want me home alone, however i did not join them in christian activities. Bottom line is that due to certain circumstances bringing them to church with them involuntarily is acceptable, however forcing them to partake in the activities is forcing them to be a part of the religion, and that is wrong. That's the same as the country no longer being Religiously tolerant, but on a smaller degree

Side: No
2 points

Telling your child which religion to worship is like telling your child what their favorite color is, when as a matter of fact, both should be up to them.

Side: No
1 point

definitely not! thats brainswashing! leave it up to the kid!

Side: No
1 point

Nope... it's a waste of time. I don't believe in making children or anyone else go anywhere that isn't necessary or would at least cause reasonable, logic, discomfort of other people.

Side: No
1 point

Forcing your children to go to an institution where reason is vilified and fanatacism is celebrated is never a good idea.

Side: No
NivaZimel(135) Disputed
1 point

Forcing your children to go to an institution where reason is vilified and fanatacism is celebrated is never a good idea.

What? Your kids don't go to public school then? : )

Some things taught as fact in schools flaunt reason more than belief in the tooth fairy. For instance, evolution.

Even Frances Crick, the famous scientists and evolutionist had to admit that the chances of life having evolved on earth by itself were so remote that said life must have come from another planet.

Wonder if he saw flying reindeer in the sky as well.

Don't talk to me about logic and reason when these educated fools refuse to see what their own research boils down to.

Side: Yes
1 point

No. Children today have more important things to do, i.e. homework, having a life, revision for exams, et.c.

Side: No
2 points

more important things to do

Doing nothing is also better than going to church.

Side: No
1 point

True... especially if the spire is octoganal. Evil architecture... I wonder if they know. (insert evil laugh of choice)

Side: No

Well, they do live under their house provided with food and clothing, yet are parents going to force them by gun point, no, so they can only encourage.

Side: No