I understand what you are saying. And, to a large extent, I agree. But I don’t think that’s what she concentrates her time on. I get the impression that she spends more time with the “outside world” and public beliefs (as opposed to the “inside world” of a person’s home and private beliefs).
As with Ms. Benson, I, too, wish that children were spared the indoctrination of false things. But, perhaps, what is more important is to make sure that the “outside world” is a place where objective truths can be spoken and heard. Like what Harris and Dawkins say—we need to be vocal to everyone. And to marshall the facts for when we are confronted.
Private is one thing, but in public places, children need to hear and learn the true things. That the Earth is 4.5 billion years old. That life evolved from simple organisms to more complex and adaptable. Lauren Becker did an editorial on the phrase “Drive by faith, not by sight.” You need to listen to it, but essentially, the rest of us have to clean up the mess left by people who do not use their senses, or their sense (!) when making policy or decisions. Why do we still have teenage pregnancy when we know that clear sex education for teens with contraception education also means that teens wait later and use protection when they do have sex? We can’t have that kind of sex ed, because the right-wing religious consider it wrong, and they control the seats of power.
You can list all the stupid things done in the name of “personal truths” that are wrong. And, as Lauren explains, we have to clean them up.
So, here’s to the truth. People can believe whatever they want, but when it influences policy negatively, personal truth needs to be called what it is: Wrong.