Warning: This is MY opinion! You have your own beliefs about religion, and it may or may not agree with mine. I respect your choice, and I hope you respect mine. Although I won’t elaborate here, unless you are atheist, I probably believe in the same God(s) you do, we just know them by different names.
I am spiritual. I believe in God. I can’t honestly say I’m Catholic (although I was raised as one, even confirmed!) but I AM spiritual. I believe there is a higher being or beings, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the proof is everywhere from the entire universe to the smallest grain of sand. I truly believe God is a part of every molecule in this universe.
So why don’t I teach my little Peanut about my beliefs as part of his schooling? The easy answer is because he learns about God in everything he does, everything he sees, and eventually it will be his decision as to how he embraces it.
The more difficult answer is because, in my opinion, the most pervasive religion for homeschooling is Christianity, and it seems to concentrate more on religious dogma rather than proven facts. I personally find it more than just a minor annoyance.
A good example is Science. When we discuss the creation of the universe, and the creation of the earth itself, there is a huge contradictions in terms of how old it is. I accept the big bang theory, but I also accept that God created the big bang! I accept that the universe is at least 10 to 20 billion years old, an the earth itself is about 4.5 billion years old. If I were to use a christian curriculum, I would be telling Peanut that the universe is only 6000 years old, and the earth is just over 4000 years old. Oh, and let’s not even get into dinosaurs, the theories from “they are just a myth” to “they were alive when man walked the earth, and they were on Noah’s ark” just make my head want to explode… I even stumbled across a very popular free online christian new-earth curriculum that, under it’s history tab, had a coloring page of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, and Adam was riding a dinosaur! Ugh! No.
Plus Peanut has Autism. He has difficulty sometimes recognizing fact, fiction, fantasy, and reality. He sometimes takes things as how they are said, but not as they are meant. In his education, I want him to have a firm, established foundation of all the basics that a non-religious education brings with it. I want him to know about the big bang, evolution, science, math, social studies, and history without any kind of religious bias.
When he’s ready, we will begin with religion. But it won’t be integrated completely into our subjects as many christian curriculum does. Instead, we will explore as many different religions as possible. Yes, we will be doing a subject called Religious Studies. We will delve into the various branches of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and as many others as we can. I hope he’ll see religion the same way I do, but that is for him to decide when he’s older, and that is his personal decision to make. Each and every person on earth has made their own religious journey, some have found their path, and others still are searching. Our Peanut will join into this journey when he’s ready.