Wednesday, June 11, 2008

threatening children with brutal torture

Please sign the 10 Downing Street petition

Repeatedly threatening children with brutal torture in the form of eternal damnation is psychological child abuse, and has extremely negative, long-term effects on their mental health. It's bullying, it's disgusting, and we need to put a stop to it.

We would not tolerate it if religion were not involved. Every year millions of children suffer nightmares, depression, chronic fear and the detrimental long term effects of being repeatedly threatened with torture. This is not a trivial issue, and it needs to be addressed. Religions in the UK routinely threaten and bully people of all ages in their attempts to evangelise. Religious schools describe the dreadful physical tortures that will be inflicted on children as young as 5 if they do not do as they are told, and believe what they are told. Street preachers threaten passers by with dreadful fates in the hope that they will be terrified into signing up. An atheist behaving like this would be arrested and fined, yet our society tolerates this behaviour from members of numerous religions as though it were perfectly acceptable.

We are calling on the Government to amend and clarify the law to stop this.

Please sign the petition and pass the word on.

The more we can publicise this issue and the Government's toleration of this abuse, the more likely an open debate is. Write to your MP asking why religious hatred is still being tolerated in a supposedly enlightened society.

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