I’m Raising My Child Without Religion, And Don’t Worry, They’re Not Going To Be A ‘Bad Person’

There Are Roughly 4200 Religions In The World.

With that many personal opinions in the world. There is bound to be a few arguments about this subject matter. However, we should try to be more tolerant of other people’s religion as it is the only way to have peace.

Kimberly Zapata was raised Roman Catholic but now follows the teachings of Buddha and Tao. However, she is not in any way religious. She is not too keen on organized religion. So, when her daughter was born, s he had to make ‘hard to swallow for our family’ decisions.

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It was not long before she was asked the dreaded question.

“You’re going to get the baby baptized, right.?”

She had to take a few moments to get up the courage to say ‘No’. Honestly, she had to explain the whole situation more thoroughly than just saying no.

“Actually, we’re not. We aren’t against raising the baby religiously, but Jason and I have decided that we are going to wait. We are going to let the bean ( Her genderless daughter.) make up his or her own mind about spirituality and religion.” 

She was not met with the support that she was hoping for. Instead, she was met with awkward silence.

“But you have to get the baby baptized! If you don’t, and something happens, he’ll…he’ll… You know unbaptized babies go to Hell, don’t you?”

Kimberly Zapata Smiled And Ignored The Woman.

She was met with much more disappointed eyes as time went on but she persevered. She is also quite sure that her 3-year-old is a compassionate and tolerant young girl. Many people might thing irreligious children tend to be jerks, but the truth is quite the opposite as shown by the following study named ‘The Dictator Game’.

In this game, children were shown 30 stickers and told that they could pick their favorite 10 to keep for themselves. The children were then each told that the experimenter didn’t have enough time to play this game with everyone, so some of the children at their school wouldn’t get any stickers. What the results showed was that children from Christian and Muslim households were both significantly less generous than children from non-religious households when it came to sharing their stickers with anonymous peers.


The author of ‘The Dictator Game’ further explains the ‘Not’ surprising results.

“The results were likely due to a phenomenon called ‘moral licensing,’ which means that people might see themselves as being more moral than others because they do something moral, such as attend church.”

So, at the end of the day, everyone is different. Some people learn their values from religion while countless others do not and end up just fine. Rather than arguing about every little thing, just accept the other person as they are and move on. You might be surprised at how easy it is to do that.

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