There's some interesting discussion burbling through the blogosphere about religious indoctrination, militant atheism, and the role of state and society in shaping the religious views of children. (I'll try not to link to Amanda Marcotte every single day, but this subject is too juicy to pass up.)
As a semi-militant atheist and the child of semi-militant atheists, I have complicated feelings about these issues.
I definitely agree with Amanda, PZ Myers, Dawkins, and all reasonable people that it would be a very bad idea for the government to enforce a ban on all religious indoctrination of children. Though I believe the world would be a much better place if no children were indoctrinated--and, more controversially, if there were no religions to indoctrinate them into in the first place--it would clearly be a bad idea for the government to intervene to accomplish this. To point out the least of the problems with this idea, the sort of state surveillance apparatus necessary for equal enforcement would be totally unworkable, which means that the law couldn't be applied equally, which would result in de facto religious discrimination. And its enforcement would literally require a Thought Police.
I do think that state (and private) schools ought to aggressively combat indoctrination to the extent they can, by exposing students to all the world's religions and forcing them to question whatever dogmatic opinions their parents foist upon them. Schools don't do enough about this, because they are afraid of parental outrage--and rightly so, unfortunately, given the political process whereby schools are organized and funded.
Two other interesting issues lie in the background here. One involves the nature of atheism and its appropriate expression. 1) Can atheism itself become a noxious dogma, with its own equally harmful form of indoctrination--is Richard Dawkins no better than James Dobson? 2) What does truly non-judgmental parenting look like? Can/should indoctrination of all forms be avoided entirely?
(Will write more! Have to leave work!)
UPDATE: Okay, so writing more didn't really work. I'll write more on the same subject later, I promise.
I do intend to make Sunday Secularism Blogging a regular feature, though. To the extent that anything can be regular in a life as chaotically structured as my own.