Teach Your Kids Nothing And They'll Believe Anything
Last week I read a story about Robert B., a young German who converted to Islam and took the name Abdul Hakiim. He and a buddy were arrested in July for trying to enter Britain with al-Qaida propaganda and bomb-making guides and essays by one Anwar al-Awlaki. Der Spiegel informs us that his "motivations remain a mystery."
The story is from the perspective of his mother, Marlies B. It's rather sad to read how she failed in her attempts to keep her son from radicalization after his father died young.
But there was one part of the story that I just didn't understand:
"He pretended to sleep in a small apartment his mother knew about, but in fact he lived in a mosque in a courtyard off Konrad Adenauer Street. "The people there are the only ones who reach paradise," he told his mother. This sentence shocked her, especially coming from her son Robert, whom she had not had baptized because she wanted him to have the freedom as an adult to decide his religion. Now that he'd decided, his mother was appalled."
I've heard more than a few people say this -- that they're not raising their child in any religion so that they'll have the freedom to decide as an adult. It makes no sense to me. I mean, I don't imagine that these people wait to inform their children about brushing their teeth or nutrition or learning math. Why would it be otherwise with religious belief? Are people who do this -- and I assume there are Ricochetistas who are among this group -- just making a statement about how unimportant religion is to them? Are they making a statement about how uncertain they are about their own religious views? Or what's the logic?