Parental alienation and Religious indoctrination are both very harmful to children. They are both lying to your children, even if you think you are right when it comes to the other parent.
Parental alienation is common after bitter divorces with minor children. The parent who has custody badmouths and attacks the other parent, with the purpose of creating fear and resentment in the child. It’s a petty revenge tool. Parental alienation can also be family alienation, when parents badmouth other relatives which they have a beef with to their child. Whether it’s grandparents, uncles or aunts, the child grows up with a terrible view of that person, poisoning their relationship.
Religious indoctrination, as Richard Dawkins points out, is a form of child abuse. Teaching myths to children as if they are real is basically lying to your child. Instilling fear (which many religions do) and guilt and undermining the child’s questioning.
Unfortunately, children belong to their parents and the indoctrination will continue. The good news is that when it comes to religious indoctrination, more and more parents are becoming secular and raising their kids with morals but no religion (like I did).
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