Any one can use the excuse that God or Joe or Dad (fill in the blank) gave them the authority. It has nothing to do though with God, or Joe or Dad...just with that single person or group.
I wish I could speak more eloquently, and usually I can express myself well, but not on this topic. Spirituality, one's relationship with a God (or if your belief is in Gods, in Gods), is not something related to one's political views, not just taught to you by parents, it is something that you will come to (or not) in the course of your life time.
I expect parents to teach their children right and wrong, how to share, how to be self-confident and caring people. I expect them to share what is important to them, and that includes their faith in God, if they have faith.
I do not presume to judge anyone's religion, to say that just one is correct or best. I will say simply that I have strong reasons for my faith in a God, and any mistakes in my understanding of this being, are my own, not a fault of God's
I have only been on this earth just over 50 years, but I am stunned at how under attack faith - *any* faith is. Brilliant, creative, artistic, caring, gentle, dedicated to others, many humans are devout without being the kinds of intolerant, igorant, unable to think for themselves, hating out of fear, unable to accept others who believe differently than themselves that I see used in a blanket way to describe those who are religious - though usually this is applied towards Christians.
I often simply want to ask...where is the tolerance for those who do believe? Tolerance must embrace all of us. All of us.