Today myself, my mom and my dad were getting ready to get out of the house so we could help my sister move into a new place.
Idly, I said "I'm the sk8er boi, though I never actually skate boarded".
Then I thought and said "But, if I couldn't afford a skate board, then technically I really was a punk".
My mom said "You weren't a punk!"
And I said "A punk is a worthless individual, if I couldn't afford a skateboard, then I was pretty worthless and therefore I was a punk"
My mom responded "You are a child of God, you aren't worthless".
OK --- just so you know, my Mom raised me in the LDS Mormon religion, and the Mormons took every opportunity they could to indoctrinate me, and even drive me to be obsessive about their religion.
But, now that I'm older and wiser, I know a few things, and I just decided to pull out a book of Mormon scripture from 3rd Nephi where Jesus basically said "If you accept me, then you BECOME a child of God".
I felt kind of eager to discuss the issue of "child of God" with my Mom, but my Mom blasted at me "IF YOU ARE GOING TO TALK RELIGION THEN STAY HOME!"
Basically, I'm not allowed to work because I have a religious opinion.
My Mom was allowed to hoist her religious belief on me by even mentioning the Child of God thing, and I was most definitely not allowed to respond to that.
My Dad did something interesting however, after my Mom left the house, he came in, curious, wondering what I was about to say to her on the topic of "children of God".
Usually my Dad doesn't like hearing religion from me, but this time he was actually curious and inquired privately.
I basically just told him how Mormons like telling their kids that they are automatically children of God straight out of the womb, but that The Book of Mormon scripture I quoted is closer to actual Christian belief that says you become a child of God rather than just automatically being born as one.
Basically, The Book of Mormon had more authentically-Christian thought in it then what Joseph Smith eventually turned the religion into ---- and this one point alone shows a complete flaw in the whole theology and history of Mormonism that should make it clear the church is a sham---
My Dad said something about how I did understand the actual truth (more or less he said that) and that it was too bad I wouldn't becoming to work, although I don't remember exactly and he said it in much fewer words.
So: there you go: my Mom was allowed to shove all this religion down my throat all my life, even brings it up herself in discussion, and I am not allowed to respond with the things that I have learned and understood about religion.
The UN rights of a child say that children HAVE THE RIGHT to choose their own religion ---- but to my Mom my nieces and nephews must absolutely be indoctrinated with the Mormon way, must absolutely be driven to have faith in Mormon Jesus, and I'm not allowed to express my own viewpoint on the truth that I actually do know.
Basically, UN Child Rights say that kids should be choosing for themselves, but my Mom is holding me back from preaching what I understand and is, like she did to me, forcing Mormonism down their throats.
So, basically, Christians believe that Mankind is God's CREATION -- and that by accepting Jesus and being saved we BECOME children of God,
While Mormons believe that everyone is a child of God right from the beginning,
and the simple fact that The Book of Mormon teaches the closer to the Christian version shows that Joseph Smith was actually morphing the doctrine over time, thusly, more less, disproving the Mormon religion.
And my Mom has to force the Mormons on the children, and I'm not allowed to say anything.
I'm not even allowed to work because my Mom can talk to me about her religion, but I'm not allowed to respond.
It's just nice, even a comforting thought, that my Dad would actually take the time to ask me what I was going to say, and even verify that I actually understood the actual truth. :)
But, it is a sad situation, all in all, I guess.