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American Atheist Editor: Christian Daycare is ‘Child Abuse’
By Nathan Burchfiel (Bio | Archive)
Wed, 06/30/2010 - 15:26 ET
"He's got the whole world in his hands?" To one atheist, it's more like
‘He's got the whole world under his thumb."
David Smalley, the editor of American Atheist magazine and a
self-described "civil rights activist," wrote in a personal blog post
June 7 that Christian daycare "a form of child abuse."
"In short, by starting your child off in a Christian environment, you
are heading them down a path of forced ignorance," Smalley wrote. "At
least let your child begin in a secular world, and if he or she chooses
Christianity after an age of accountability, then so be it. But forcing
them to learn things as fact that you don't even know to be true is a
form of child abuse: inducing psychosis with thoughts of good and evil
watching over them, as if they are constantly being graded or
Smalley further stereotyped and generalized religion-based childcare by
suggesting "it's bad for positive self-esteem, and slows social
development later in life."
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American Atheist magazine is published by American Atheists, which
calls itself "the premiere organization laboring for the civil
liberties of Atheists, and the total, absolute separation of government
Smalley's post appeared on his blog, Dogma Debate. He also hosts an
Internet radio show of the same name.