Teaching children to rely on faith— Religions often treat faith or even religious certitude as a virtue. In fact, in Protestant Christianity it is the ultimate virtue, the one that sends people to heaven or hell. Believe and be saved, says the Christian New Testament, and one of the tenets of the Reformation was sola fide—by faith alone. Defenders of Christianity may marshal logic or evidence to support belief, but when backed into a corner, many default to I just know—and they teach children to do the same.
To a believer, their religion can never BE immoral because immorality is defined as not practicing and believing that religion. Anything done in the service of the religion IS moral, by their definition.
Of course this is a definition of morality that flies in the face of what morality actually is -- the formal and informal societal consensus of what does or does not sustainably support the sort of society most of its members want to live in. It is the agreed rules that allow us to coexist and cooperate effectively. It is not immutable and handed down from on high. It evolves to meet current needs and understandings. It isn't enforced by a celestial strongman, but by society itself.
“Thank God, He saved me and my child, but he allowed others to be injured or killed!” What sort of skewed logic is that ? Glad she told him she was atheist......wonder how he squared that in his religious brain......God actually spared the unbeliever!!
"Religions often treat faith or even religious certitude as a virtue."
Not merely religions, but society as a whole seems to accept, if not promote, religious faith. Even Wolf Blitzer needed to be reminded that surviving a tornado is not the result of faith in a higher power!
I think religion is for later in life. If your early years are spent with science and a sprinkling of mythology, you will do fine, and it’s when you hit 40 that you start to wonder about meaning and death, and that’s when religion maybe makes a comeback. If you then decide to become a Christian, it’s not under any kind of social pressure.