This is what bothers me about religion.. It's not benign. They have a policy of conversion. Indoctrination is not a bad word to these people, it's part of their reason for being. It's fine for us as individuals cos I reckon most of us on here are strong enough to make up our own minds but there's always a percentage of people who will be proactively recruited and it won't be down to their own choice but via a campaign of indoctrination.
This is why I prefer to consider myself a proactive Atheist. Being a passive atheist is fine so long as the religions around you are benign and allow people to come to them rather than via a policy of conversion to 'The truth' but unfortunately organised religion is not benign and is in fact pervasive throughout our society. As a result I find myself with restricted educational choices for my kids because parts of the educational system is not accessible to my kids because I don't believe in any religion. Atheists are disadvantaged in this way as 'believers' have the equal choice of state or religious schools. A Church going parent can choose EITHER.. I can only choose the state option.
I know it's not directly relevant to us in the UK but in the US, that actually does have a separation of religion and state built into the constitution, any presidential candidate offering himself up as an Atheist candidate would never be elected.
And my point is that unless Atheists counter the voices of the religious convertors by arguing and questioning their beliefs that situation will never change. I'm an atheist and while organised religions continue promotion of a policy of conversion of none believers I'll choose to actively argue against it and try and convert believers into none believers, not because I think it's right to do so but because in not doing so the society in which I live will continue to be one in which my right to exist is affected by religion.
Jeez.. organised religion winds me up!