Should you have to go to church if you don't want to?

United States
December 4, 2006 5:25pm CST
I have several friends that allow their children to not go to church, even though they are going, just because they don't want to. These children are in their teens, around 13 or 14. Should they be made to go to church on sunday? Should they be allowed to stay home on Sunday because they don't feel like going?
4 responses
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
5 Dec 06
i dont think anyone should have religion forced upon them, if someone (whatever their age) wants to go to church or mosque, thats up to them but force just puts them off and turns them away as soon as they get the freedom of choice
• Romania
5 Dec 06
the new generation dosen't see the religion as a power to which they have to listen. the church it's not that interesting for them. they prefer to go in a bar or play a video game. the problem? education.
@mac1946 (1602)
• Calgary, Alberta
5 Dec 06
NO !!!!, I was forced to go by two members of my family,1 side is Catholic the other protistant,I had to go to one one sunday and the other the next and so forth. while the religions are very similar,I still got to the point of hating each sunday. As I grew older and joined the army and served in warfare,I became agnostic,and realized that religious belief is nothing more than brainwashing our young to follow what you belong to.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
4 Dec 06
Well kids are only free to do as they please at the age of 18 for a reason, parents tell them what they do and don't do until then, so that they are raised in a way that the parent's desire. Maybe it wouldn't be wise to force them to go every Sunday but I think it's reasonable to make them go sometimes.