Certainly Dawkins’s statement would apply to fundamentalists who withhold medical care from their child while “providing religious instruction.” I believe you are taking Dawkins’s claim a bit to strongly and you may not be taking the damage done by some theistic parents strongly enough.
You are wrong here, traveler. Of course parents who fail to provide their children with medical assistance are guilty of child abuse.
And since that is their way of providing religious instruction, such instruction involves child abuse. Granted, it’s an extreme case.
Dawkins, however, refers to the parents’ teaching of religion to their children as child abuse; here he is clearly wrong. I really have nothing to add here as I thought Dr. Mercer already said everything that needed to be said.
Well, that’s certainly possible. But I cannot find where Dawkins (in God Delusion) states it that simply - that parents’ teaching of religion to their children is child abuse. He talks about blind faith being dangerous, priestly abuse, Humphrey’s thoughts about the ills of religious education, and more. Could someone help me find where he says simply that the teaching of religion by parents is child abuse? So far as I can tell, he always seems to qualify what he means.
I am not a fan of Dawkins - I find him rude and arrogant - but I want to understand him correctly.
Edit to add: by parents