When I was 15 I finally accepted that I was an agnostic after years of struggling intermittently with religious doubt. Americans would have called me a weak atheist. It was a year before I told any adult that I no longer believed in god. At 16 I finally told my mother that I was an agnostic and at 16 I was treated to psychological manipulation similar to what happened in the section, Christian intolerance. My mother told me that she didn’t expect me to support various moral causes that I cared passionately about because I was now an “atheist”. When I told her that I was an agnostic she said that was very much the same thing. Parents who think they should bring their children up to have religious faith think it’s morally good to treat a 16 year old that way. I’m very pleased in retrospect that I didn’t have to face that at 15 or earlier.
What’s that to do with wilful ignorance? Well it’s to do with this whole Wiki. I hope that large parts of the wiki will speak to American High school kids and British secondary school pupils who don’t believe in Christianity any more but can’t talk to adults about it. They need guidance about being an atheist, about being an agnostic, about how to be moral without believing in god. Proxima Centauri 18:34, 6 February 2009 (UTC)