Indoctrination is the process of inculcating ideas, attitudes, cognitive strategies or a professional methodology.... It is often distinguished from education by the fact that the indoctrinated person is expected not to question or critically examine the doctrine they have learned. As such it is used pejoratively, often in the context of political opinions, theology or religious dogma. ~ Wikipedia
I have noticed in some of my conversations recently how the level of indoctrination a person has experienced and holds on to effects their ability to engage in a discussion that requires critical evaluation. There seems to be a point where reason turns off and the programming takes over. Now I know that as an atheist my BS meter is probably set lower and my world view is skewed.
I wasn't always this way. As a Mormon youth I was guilty of saying some pretty crazy stuff out loud. Much of if I did not even give a second thought to until I got older and then I had the realization that maybe it wasn't reasonable and that is did not add up. Even shortly after I got married the little guilt feelings would haunt me. Not because I was doing anything wrong but because I had this programming.
I have not programmed or indoctrinated my children. If you know me you might find that hard to believe. While I openly speak out against religion I encourage them to ask questions to ponder the superstition and to reason through it. I also believe there is a big difference between education and indoctrination.
So my question is how do you view religious indoctrination. What has been your experience and do you think it has impaired your ability to look critically at your beliefs? Do you think it is dangerous to oneself, the country, or our society as a whole?