I'm a step-parent to a 17-year-old girl. I've been in her life since she was 4. She knew the kind of stuff I was into and has known that me and her father both have a negative view of Christianity and organized religion in general. I thought she had probably been around us long enough to have picked up a lot of our reasons for not being Christian. She was homeschooled throughout 7th - 10th grade, but then decided she wanted to go high school. Long story short, she made new friends. They were Christian. They took her to church. Now she's a Christian. She looks down on us for being "sinners" and of course has an agenda to get us saved. It's very disappointing for me that she turned out that way. I had hoped for more for her. Attempting to discuss religion with her at this point results in her getting angry and storming off because she feels we're "making fun of her beliefs". So we just don't discuss it at all.
If you aren't Christian, I would strongly advise doing what you can to prevent your kids from going down that path. If you think they won't be taught to look down on you, you're probably mistaken. Some churches, particularly Evangelical and Pentecostal churches (also many others), are very brainwashy. Your kids will hear the same messages repeated over and over and over again, like they're being hypnotized, while the church is playing music with a hypnotic beat and the preacher may be droning on and on in his hypnotic voice. Please read this article by motivational speaker Dick Sutphen for more info on brainwashing/hypnotism in church
When my step-daughter was a little kid, we made the mistake of allowing her to attend church ONCE with my brother's kids. That just happened to be the day that the church passed out FETUS DOLLS
for all the kids to hold like babies while they preached their anti-abortion dogma. I ended up with a pro-life step-kid after that day. And even though she seems to have a rational grasp on the idea that abortion is necessary in some cases, children and teenagers are very much prone to black-and-white thinking. Something is either good or bad in their view. There are no grey areas. My guess is that she would vote to abolish women's right to choose if she had that option.
I just wish I'd spent more time turning her into a Liberal and teaching her how the church and Republican party brainwashes people. Now that she's already brainwashed, she's like every other brainwashed person. She can't accept that she could possibly be brainwashed - because, after all, don't brainwashed people walk around like zombies with their eyes crossed and their tongue sorta hanging out of their mouths? A normal-looking person could never be brainwashed, right? Wrong.
In case you haven't ever seen these bunch of brainwashed weirdos...
P.S. If you're going to bash me for bashing Christianity, please don't. Or at the very least, read the Dick Sutphen page and watch the video I linked to so you'll be able to debate the issue on the same level as me. I probably won't be back to debate this with anyone though.