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Be honest with your children

March 17, 2011

I came across this lovely quotation from the author Moncure Conway, who was born on this date in 1832.

“I learned at last, as I came to be about seventeen, that my father was an entire freethinker, as much as I am now. It shocked me much, because he never taught me anything, allowed me to pick up religion from any one around me, and then scolded me because I embraced beliefs which he knew must condemn him. I think this neglect to be honest with children is a terrible evil. I have lost years of thought, and wandered wide and done such unwise conceited things, and encountered risks for soul and body, all of which might have been obviated by his frank teaching.” [Emphasis added].

If you’re atheist, agnostic, secular, or freethinking, it really is okay to share your perspective with your children.

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