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Parenting Beyond Belief, 2nd Edition by Dale McGowan

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PASSING DOWN THE JOY OF NOT COLLECTING STAMPS

PENN JILLETTE

St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit Order, once said, “Give me the child until he is seven and I will show you the man.” Some web pages say that might really be a Francis Xavier quotation, others say it was “some Jesuit” who said it, and all the careful web pages credit it to “some guy.”

Little kids have to trust adults or they die. Trust has to be built in. So while you’re teaching them to eat, stay out of traffic, and not drink too much of what’s underneath the sink, you can abuse that trust and burn in the evil idea that faith is good. It’ll often stick with them longer than not drinking bleach. It seems if someone snuck the idea of faith into you at an early age, you’re ...

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