How To Train A Child To Be An Ignorant Bigot
Hands down, this is the saddest thing you will watch today. The face of hatred inculcated into a child through religious indoctrination and socialization.
This poor mentally and emotionally abused kid is pooched for awhile.
Watch as the congregation ‘celebrates’ and cheers when he sings the line “Ain’t no homo gonna make it to heaven…”
Why is this kid pooched?
“Cognitive development is a process of socialization…” and “intellectual development is organized and directed by the social world over the course of childhood. Although a single instance of thinking may be a solitary activity, cognitive development as a process cannot be meaningfully separated from the social context in which it occurs.” Socialization then is the “primary system through which children learn about the world and develop cognitive skills.” (M. Gauvain and S. M. Perez “The Socialization of Cognition” in Handbook of Socialization: Theory and Research, 588.)
To become a useful human being who has good categories for understanding, values all human beings, recognizes their biology, and above all, has the capacity for empathy, this boy someday will have to go through a very difficult process of cognitive dissonance and deconstruction. Barring that, it looks like he is well on his way to being an ignorant [insert your favourite pejorative here] for the rest of his life.