The Faith of the Divine Ugga Bugga is based on ancient religious texts originally written in an ancient language, which has been translated and interpreted by wealthy priests of the tradition. Even in the early days, adherents could not agree on a most accurate interpretation of said texts, so the faith community split. The schism endured, as leaders branched away from the original seed of faith, disconnected, but for the fact that they all claimed to worship the Divine Ugga Bugga.
Within each sect, standards of morality were established (often contradicting those of the other sects), and these secured guidelines for the pristine practice of the faith, arbitrarily demarcating good practitioners from bad.
In order to fulfill the requirements of the clan, it wasn’t enough for individuals to adhere, but it became absolutely necessary for family leaders (i.e., parents) to ensure compliance of their children. For, if children did not comply, then the parents might lose credibility as exemplary practitioners of the faith.
Thus, the dynamics of the family devoted to the worship of the Divine Ugga Bugga mirrored those of the master/slave contingency. Parents, as authority figures, became enforcers of the faith, while children, as subjects, were forced to comply or face dire consequences. All the while, parents devoted to the worship of the Divine Ugga Bugga perceived (and still perceive) their role as one that edifies and protects their children; as such, they believed (and still believe) they act in the best interests of said children.
However, since the standards they impose are arbitrarily dictated by an external authority, in truth, parents are, rather, motivated by self-preservation. This is due to the fact that the dynamics of the family have issued from the compulsion of the parents to conform to the faith community. The failure of the parents to ensure compliance of the kids results in condemnation (real or perceived), which is something the fragile psyches of the parents cannot endure.
The interests of the children are never of import–except insomuch as to protect them from condemnation (real or perceived) by the group (and/or the god), but this is a distortion of reality because if the interests of the child truly drove the parenting machine, the parents would either (a) challenge the accepted norms of the group, or (b) evacuate the group, altogether.
This, my friends, is why I chose to leave the Christian church. For me, heaven isn’t worth subjecting my children to hell.