It is simply stupid to take a sick child anywhere, except for urgent care or other medical facility. I don't want your sick kid's germs, keep the little germ factory at home and stop spreading the illnesses. I think parents have a choice of where their children should go and if they decide that church is their choice that is what parents do. That also begs the question of how old is that child? However, it does fall under the aegis of parenthood, my house my rules. The part about the sick child I take exception to. Sick kids belong at home. No one, in or out of church wants to deal with your little germ factory's bugs.
I agree with what others said.
It's strange. God is everywhere and yet he is in the place of worship "more". God is powerful always and yet more potent in the temple/church. God inhabits the praises of his people not buildings; your body is the temple of god but somehow the holy of holies and the Tabernacle and altar where God exists is in the place of worship.
I think that's taking child abuse to a whole new level. And also how is the child sick? Just because I don't agree with the church. Does it make it abuse? Sorry I can't jump
on this bandwagon.
Statements like this can easily be turned around on what you do as a parent. You might want to think about this a while longer.
What a funny question and what funny answers. Child abuse??? Like, "lock the parents up" child abuse all because a child has a runny nose? Come on people. I get that we all hated the religion we were given, but this seems a bit much.
So, all you who answered "yes", please justify why a child should be extracted from his/her parents for taking the child to church with a runny nose.
Forcing a child to go to church at all is child abuse. But let's assume it's not; in that case I'd agree with other commenters here who have compared it with going to school. Not only is the sick child being forced to complete an activity while they should be home resting, they might infect others.
I think a good way to answer this is to ask a related question:
Do you see it as child abuse forcing kids to go to SCHOOL when they are clearly sick?
The fact that it's church really plays no role in the answer.
And considering that no one that I'm aware of has ever considered it "child abuse" to force their sick kid to go to school, I don't see why forcing them to go to church under the same premise is either.
If we are talking a cold or flu, then no, it would be irresponsible to label this as abuse. Call it irresponsible parenting, perhaps, but it does not fall in the domain of child abuse.
If we are talking about taking a sick child to church as opposed to seeking medical attention to treat their illness, now we have entered the domain of abuse. Depending on, of course, the severity of the illness.
Pointing at everything religious parents do that surround their children that relates to their religion and calling it child abuse is abuse of the term 'child abuse'.
Boredom is terrible. Church is the epitome of boredom. Everybody agrees privately that it is boring but the faithful go to church to get their "ticket punched" They believe if they get enough ticket punches they will go to Heaven when they die. Of course if Heaven were real it would be living a boring existence for all eternity....
Yes...bringing up children in this boring atmosphere is child abuse.