Re: "You teach a child the lessons of your religion (rights and wrongs),"
Teaching lessons of a religion includes teaching the history of it as well as the philosophical foundations, and reasons for faith.
Re:" you don't force them into thinking that any of it exists. That's being a tyrant. That kind of stuff is for them to discover as an adult."
'Forcing' someone to profess agreement would not really result in faith but rather nominalism. So I think most churches would agree with you on that point. But Jesus taught not to hinder the children from coming to him, so it is not wrong for someone to find faith as a child.
Re:"Children should not be going around taking communion or speaking in tongues, or having to do with anything in the spiritual realm."
I don't know of any churches that 'allow' kids to take communion unless they make their own profession of faith and demonstrate that they understand what they are doing. I have no experience with the tongues thing, but as far as I'm concerned, that is more of a fringe concept distinctive only to charismatic and pentecostal churches so it's not representative of churches in general.
Re: "If a kid doesn't like church, he/she should not be forced to go. This is not a simple case of some tough love BS. All you can do is share it, and if it's not for them, forcing them to be there, making them uncomfortable, is going to turn them off even more."
One of the problems with your thinking here is in denial of the family unit. If the parents are going on vacation somewhere, it's up to the parents if they want to entrust their children to a babysitter or bring them along. It doesn't matter if the child doesn't want to go, they are a family unit and not part of a familyless collective. I think you also have a false sense of neutrality, where you view it as neutral to let the kid decide what they want to do and where they want to go, but there is nothing neutral about it. You emphasize the choice of the children above the parents where others emphasize the choice of their parents. It's a worldview principle that children are subordinate to their parents based on the ten commandments, just as it is a worldview principle that they are not subordinate to their parents. You've provided no reason to think that your worldview takes precedence over someone else's while yours is not neutral. Religious parents in general at least attempt to provide reasons for their worldview to their kids, it seems you would just have everyone opt for your worldview by default.
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