51 posts tagged Shinto
Forceful indoctrination into ANY religion is brainwashing and child abuse. The compulsory inculcation of faith is damaging to developing minds, minds that cannot yet decide.
My wife and I have the task of complaining to our sons school tomorrow. The last four days was the Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata matsuri. A Japanese/Chinese celebration centred on mythical and fictional beliefs of an ancient people. Our son was asked to write a prayer on a piece of paper which was to be attached to a pole at the centre of town. This prayer he was told, would then be burned and answered.
My son, “Who will answer the prayer?”
Teacher, “The kami will answer it.”
My son, “Who are the kami?”
Teacher, “The gods of the Earth.”
My son, “I’ve never seen one, what do they look like.”
Teacher, “Oh, you can’t see them, but they are there.”
My son, “If you’ve never seen one, how do you know they are there?’
Teacher, “Japanese people just know.”
My son, “Well, I’m only half-Japanese, so I don’t know.”
Teacher, “Oh but they are there, and you must write a prayer to ask for their help with something you want.”
My son, “So they are like Santa Claus? He’s not real you know.”
Teacher, “Kami are real.”
My son, “How do they know how to read?”
Teacher, “They can read.”
My son, “Did they go to school to learn Japanese?” Can they read English?”
Teacher, “No they can only read Japanese. Japanese is the sacred language.”
………..You can see where this is heading.
Teaching children to believe in nonsense is brainwashing. I am very much against teaching children ANY kind of religious mumbo-jumbo. I won’t stand for it.