I don't think so. Imagine. if you will, that this was an environmentalist forum, and the original post was someone declaring their green credentials, but saying that due to their desired position in society, they were unwilling to give up or downgrade either of their two petrol-guzzling cars, to waste less food, to buy organic, or indeed to do anything eco-friendly that was at all inconvenient. I think they would deservedly get a similar reaction to the OP here, and for the same reasons.
I don't think you're comparing like with like here. In your example it's just someone saying 'I can't be arsed because it's easier not to bother'.
In fairness to the OP when he said
This is the way that makes my life easiest.
I don't think he simply meant that it's just less hassle for him and is probably including the well being of his child in the equation. Perhaps he could confirm this?
In general I've no great issue with the apathetic approach. I understand that people have to choose their battles, but posting on a forum to the effect: "I agree with everything you stand for, but I'm going to behave exactly like someone who holds a contrary opinion, because it's easier for me" is going to attract the criticism of people who are passionate about righting a wrong in society.
As it happens, this is where I agree with you. But as I said, I think some of the relpies were a bit harsh as it's not just him he's taking into account when making his decision. He did ask for people's opinions/ suggestions.
Yes, I have one son. He's almost two. I wasn't raised Catholic so I don't have to deal with any flack regarding not having him christened.
I’m in a similar situation, even though I was raised a catholic we got little or no stick for not baptising our kids.
If he doesn't get into a non-discriminatory school I will have to face the issues of attempted indoctrination and religious rituals. I understand that pretending to my son and everyone else that we're Catholic would make things easier in this one area, and would spare him being marked in any way as different, but I think the costs vastly outweigh the perceived benefits.
Again, I’m in agreement with you. We haven’t baptised our kids and they won’t be making communion. It will be a difficult situation when it comes to it, but we’ll deal with it. But like I said, everyone is different and when it comes to raising kids people do what they think is best for their kids.
Also, beyond a simple cost-benefit analysis, it is flat-out wrong to pretend I am something I am not. I can't say for sure that I wouldn't renounce my beliefs under the threat of torture or death, but the threat of a few raised eyebrows, and ignorant remarks? What sort of man would I be - what sort of father would I be - to fold that easily?
This whole reply to me is a far better and reasoned argument than simply denouncing him as you did originally, without suggestions, help or advice. That’s why I felt it was harsh. Is it not better to encourage debate on this issue with someone who has time to change his mind rather than simply telling him not to ‘get in our way’?