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Please add your name to the PACT petition to prevent abuse of innocent children in the Niger Delta and visit the site to find out more: If an inadvertent failure to consider a child's point of view can cause harm in such a pedestrian matter as the correct position to carry them, then far greater harm, even death, can be caused by parents who deliberately act to subsume their child's rights and perspective.
And that is exactly what religious parents do when they indoctrinate their children so that they conform to their beliefs.
Indoctrinating children into one religion before they are capable of making their own free and informed decision whether to believe or not is a direct denial of their human rights. Protecting the right to religious freedom for children, which includes freedom from religion, is one of the best ways to protect that right for adults.
All children are born atheists. Unfortunately, most children in the world are not allowed to exercise their inherent human right to develop free from religious impositions.
However, I am certain that if given a free choice unhindered by dogma or superstition, all children would prefer playing to praying. States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.
Many children never get the chance to play and have fun, however, let alone enjoy their own right to religious freedom. The unlucky ones are burdened with supernatural religious beliefs, either imposed on them or targeted against them.
In the course of that argument, I touched on the issue of a child's right to religious freedom.
It is an important point that is worth repeating over and over, because although all countries except for the United States and Somalia have ratified the Convention, the denial of religious freedom for children is still rampant around the world. Article 14 is crucial for establishing the proper balance between parental and children's rights.
Clearly, children have the right to freely form their own thoughts and conscience, and choose their own religious beliefs, or none. After all, freedom of religion for children, and for adults, would be no freedom at all if it did not include the right to be free from religion.
Since parents also have the right to the same freedoms, it is inevitable that conflicts between those rights will arise. As it must and does throughout, the Convention sides with children. Sub-section 2 clearly states that the rights and duties of parents in this regard must not be directed towards protecting their own freedoms, but towards ensuring their children are able to exercise their personal religious rights in accordance with their evolving capacities.
Anticipating objections from parents who only read the first few words in sub-section 2 and insist that their own religious freedom gives them a right to indoctrinate their children, sub-section 3 clarifies that the right to religious freedom is not absolute.
A parent's right to religious freedom does not give them the right to deny that same freedom to their child, regardless of the child's age.
Supreme Court famously said: But it does not follow they are free, in identical circumstances, to make martyrs of their children before they have reached the age of full and legal discretion when they can make that choice for themselves. That is a right that is not specifically set out in the Convention, but is implied in this Article and elsewhere.
If a child is indoctrinated into a particular religious dogma by authoritarian parents from the earliest age, their right to freedom of expression and information denied through restrictive, narrow-minded 'education', and they are unaware of the full extent of their human rights, it becomes impossible for them to exercise those rights, either as a child or later as an adult.
I have encountered countless believers who are so unaware of their own rights that they insist that religious freedom does not include the right to be free from religion.
But if the right to freedom of religion has any meaning at all, it must mean that everyone, including children, is free to choose their own religious beliefs or none.
When that freedom is denied to a child, it is also denied to the adult that child will become. Protecting a person's rights while they are a child is the only to way to protect that person's rights once they are an adult.
That's what a child's right to an open future means, reaching adulthood with their capacity to exercise all their rights still intact.
Protecting the full range of children's rights protects human rights for everyone. Imagine, John Lennon exhorted, a world where there is no religion to kill or die for.To Write a Riot, for no cost! Also, the A.Q. is ecstatic to announce that in two weeks, we will be posting our first concert review.
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