I’m not even sure I know what that means. It’s not like I have any bad memories (let alone experiences) of reading books with a religious bent as a child. Rather I have a very old and good memory of my mom explaining to me that there were no books I wasn’t allowed to read. If I was able to read the book, then I was allowed to read the book.
Even at a young age, hearing this “reading is allowed” policy filled me with an awesome sense of empowerment and freedom. And it encouraged me to keep reading so I could find out what was in those grown-up books that were still too hard to read.
Of course when it came to movies, they wouldn’t let me see a PG-13 movie which I desperately wanted to see until I turned 13, but that’s another blog post…
At which point I realized I was knocking on the wrong door. It’s not atheism I really care about (other than having religion-free books), it’s humanism I’d want to expose my hypothetical children to (which, to be completely frank, I don’t know much about). And science of course. And most-importantly, problem-solving.