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Parenting Beyond Belief, 2nd Edition by Dale McGowan

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CHOOSING YOUR BATTLES

STU TANQUIST

Ben Franklin wisely said, “In this world, nothing is certain but death, taxes, and religious zealots.” OK, so I added that last part. Were he here today, however, I suspect that Ben would add it himself.

There are many tolerant and respectful religious believers in this world, of course, and to each his or her own. By religious zealots, I mean those who feel a divinely mandated duty to assimilate everyone into their own worldview. When their tactics involve imposing their faith on others—especially by telling children that they must believe in a god in order to be good—I get a bit testy. I don’t make their children eat my cooking. It seems only fair that my child shouldn’t have to swallow their wafers.

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