I wouldn't love a child any less if they turned out to believe in a GOD or became apart of a religion. Though I would hope I had taught them well enough not to become fanatics, extremists ect.
I'm assuming you mean that within religion there are fanatics/extremists and you wouldn't want them to go THAT far into religion and not that simply to believe in god(s) is to be a fanatic or an extremist. Yes?
I am encouraged by these responses. I would've thought the opposite.
This idea has been explained to you dozens of times so far. I'm not sure you can get past your own misconstrued judgments in order to grasp what Atheism is. Certainly there are going to be extreme examples of Atheist parents who will teach their kids to condescend on believers, and from day one that there is without a doubt definitely no god...but they are outliers, and very few in number.
The vast majority of Atheists rely on logic, rationality, and the scientific method to gain understanding of this strange universe, and our place in it. I am on the same page as Thump, Jackel, and Tank. Should my wife and I decide to have kids, or one comes along by mistake, we will allow them to make their own decisions on faith, just as our parents did.
I think what upsets you is that the stance we're taking is one that you were not afforded when you were being raised. Let's be real, you're a well-spoken, intelligent person. You post thoughtful responses consistently; yet you seem chained down by your beliefs, unable to consider changing your position, plus your arguments have turned into semantic battles. Have you considered anything that has been said to you thus far as an alternative to your convictions?
I apologize for sounding upset. I'm not upset at all. As I stated above, I'm encouraged. I admittedly had (and maybe still have to some degree) a skewed view of what an Atheist is. Not surprisingly as most my interaction has been through forums where the premise is debate. I have a few friends that are Atheist, but one in particular that I am close with and I've always known him to be nothing short of a better "Christian" than I am, simply without belief in Christ.
I don't feel chained down to my beliefs. I'm changing my position on what I believe Atheists are, who they are, what they believe, and how they believe. I find many things said to me compelling and thought provoking. I don't pretend to know the answers to all things. I consider and ponder many of the things that are brought up.
All I wanted to convey in this thread, and apparently it sounded upset, was that I'm surprised at my misconception and encouraged that while we may go in circles on debate and discussion of things we disagree on, the majority of you could very well be much like my good friend.