Originally Posted by void *
Oh, sure. I don't disagree with that. I'm just saying that, if someone tells their kid 'the world is 6k years old', and they actually believe it, treating that all by itself as child abuse is hyperbole.
I disagree, I don't think it rises to the level of sexual or physical abuse, but it certainly does qualify as abusive behavior. "I really, really believe its true" can't be a defense here any more than it could be a defense in a "spiritual" marriage of a 12 year old to a 65 year old.
Teaching children that the world is only 6,000 years old, and all the attendant indictments of critical thinking and evaluation necessary to maintain that belief can't help but have a long lasting detrimental affect on the child.