I’ve never considered myself to be religious.
The only time I ever step foot in a church is for christenings, marriages and funerals.
And I can’t remember the last time I was at one of them.
My wife and I didn’t get married in church and we haven’t had the kids christened.
By default I come from a Protestant family and my wife is from a Catholic family.
That means very little to either of us although to some that might be a complication.
I’m not sure whether I fall under the atheist or agnostic camp.
Either way we decided not to thrust religion on our children but instead to let them make up their own minds.
Religion And My Kids
My son had a particularly religious class teacher last year and he didn’t enjoy the experience.
He has a habit of saying “Oh my God” if he’s surprised by something.
The teacher felt it necessary to tell him to stop blaspheming if he ever said it within earshot.
That and learning about religion in class really put him off.
My daughter on the other hand tells me she believes in God.
I doubt she has any concept of what that means but she’s insistent.
Time will tell whether that continues as she gets older or whether her interest will wane.
Either way, we’ll support her in whatever choice she makes later in life.
I guess I’m not exactly helping the religious cause but it’s not so easy to when you’re not religious yourself.
Religion In School
In this day and age, I don’t think that religion has a place in school.
It’s fine for kids to learn about religion as part of their curriculum.
But with more than half of the UK population no longer having a religious affiliation, its relevance is diminished.
My kids still have to attend a regular chapel service at their school and they both find it an inconvenience.
Yes, my daughter sometimes tells me she believes in god but to have to go through a chapel service is another matter for her entirely!
I find the whole thing tedious at the end of term chapel service and wish I could stand outside the building and wait for it to be over.
I don’t always know the hymns and if I forget my glasses I have to pretend I’m singing.
Then there’s always a collection at the end and the guilt trip you get if you forget to take any cash with you is intense.
Sometimes there’s so many other things going on, having small change in my pocket is the least of my worries.
What Do You Think?
Are you leaving it up to your kids to decide on their beliefs and attitude to religion?
Should schools become completely secular to be more inclusive to everyone?