The ‘Christian Post’ recently announced the use of child labor to evangelize for Christ, in an effort to recruit other children online. Do you agree with this? The organzier of the online missions said this was a "two-week opportunity for all of us to bombard Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter, whatever social places you go to online, with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Their original announcement can be found here: http://christianpost.com/Missions/Evangelism/2009/01/christian-youth-prepare-for-cyber-missions-trip-11/index.html
I sent a letter to the organizer, Tim Schmoyer - which follows:
I honestly think it's disturbing that you are encouraging these churches to use vulnerable children to push their message of religiosity to other children. A child cannot make the distinction between reason and reality, let alone teach it to others. These children have not had the opportunity to learn about Secular Humanism, Buddhism, Islam, Hindu, or any other religion. These children are not Christians – they are the offspring of Christian parents, and nothing more. They do not have the capacity to accept Christianity as truth yet. Having Christian parents does not qualify them to become evangelists for Christ, and requesting them to do so is brainwashing, mental child abuse, and forcible child labor for your cause.
Tim, why don't you give these children the opportunity to grow up on their own, and instead of scaring them with the notions of Hell and prompting them to make fearful decisions, encourage them to make educated ones? Before they go on 'your mission,' which they don't fully understand, let them read 'The God Delusion' by Richard Dawkins, or 'Atheism Advanced' by David Eller which completely deconstructs all religions piece by piece. Even let them read my blog! Then, when they have obtained equal knowledge on the topics of religion you have pushed on them, let them compare that to the logic of the Holy Bible where things appeared and vanished, based on a god saying "Let there be _______."
This use of child labor is an outrage. Please use only willing adults to push your message.
I have posted this message and a link to your story on my blog for all my readers to see. You are welcome to visit the blog and state your case if you feel the need - because I am simply outraged by this call of action to use children in an effort to promote your religious beliefs.