Babies baptized into the Catholic Church are “infant conscripts who are held to lifelong obligations of obedience”, according to former president Mary McAleese.
Saying that early Baptism breaches fundamental human rights, she said: “You can’t impose, really, obligations on people who are only two weeks old and you can’t say to them at seven or eight or 14 or 19 ‘here is what you contracted, here is what you signed up to’ because the truth is they didn’t.”
It's wrong for all the reason given here. It's unscriptural too. Or is it? Here's an interesting scripture:
Even at that hour of the night, the jailer cared for them and washed their wounds. Then he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized.
That's in Acts 16:33. Could it possibly have included children and infants? I very much doubt it but does anyone have any concrete evidence one way or the other?
I agree. These babies are being appropriated, as if they were not human babies, so that is necessarily a mistake and a mistreatment right off the bat.
Blinders are being put on their eyes because they're being involuntarily and unwittingly induced into a way of thinking that does not support any semblance of intellect.
Orthodox and conservative religions seek to create hideous institutions which derive their property of being hideous because they use old, asynchronous ideas that were not proven. They try to make people come to common agreement with others in an imposed, irrespective manner, and their teachings are also dubious so this violates rights to free association.
Children, above all else, need to be valued and cultivated, not made into human cattle. They are a vulnerable demographic and are highly sensitive to the pricklings, chafings, twists, deception, and wrenchings of religious upbringing, which are more akin to the ways that primitive animals raise their children, not real adult humans with a semblance of greatness.
Adult humans are the shepherds, makers, teachers, fighters, protectors and leaders of existence and their pervasive and foundational dominion is necessary to posit in existence.
Higher principles beyond religion are more dominant, and pertinent.
So yes, before people decide to drink the orthodox and/or conservative kool-aid (and most likely any kind of religious belief), they should try to think of the babies first.
People who cannot think about these babies are not fit to make decisions on how they grow up, this is necessarily a fact-based scenario.
I’m glad the scales have fallen from her eyes. I think someone in her own family, maybe a brother, was abused by a priest when he was an altar boy. The scandals in Ireland over the abuse by nuns and priests. and how the Catholic Church handled it has rocked Ireland to it‘s core. Of course its child abuse for any child to be labelled from birth as an adherant to any religion. As Richard Dawkins so rightly said ”there is no such thing as a Christian child or a Muslim child, there are only children”.