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Hi everybody! I’m Dale McGowan, author/editor of Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers. Thanks for inviting me as a featured poster.
When Topsy asked what topic I’d like to start with, the question of identity and community came to mind immediately.
About five years ago, I posted this question on the Parenting Beyond Belief Facebook page: “How do you help your kids achieve a sense of belonging?” I’d been thinking about this as my son Connor entered high school. He seemed a little disconnected from others in an unhelpful way.
The comment thread quickly exploded into two camps. Some expressed outrage at the question. It brings to mind tribalism, division, us vs. them. One said, “This doesn’t sound like something an atheist parent should even ask! It sounds like a question from a religious parent!” Another said it was “Very disappointing. I’m a member of the human race, that’s all I need.”