force their children to eat vegetables when they don't want to? force their children to go to bed when they don't want to? force their children to come in the house when they don't want to? force their children to go to school when they don't want to? force their children to put down that cigarette, blunt, pipe, when they don't want to? force their children to clean their room when they don't want to? force their children to be home by... whenever... when they don't want to?
Of course, they do. They have the right to force their children go to church, kingdom hall, temple, mosque, whatever, so long as that child is not old enough... or trustworthy enough... to be left at home. And so long as the child is not abused in the process. Because the other side of that coin is, is it okay for a parent to leave a child alone at home in order to go? Do children have a right to make their parents not go?
Parents do not have the right to abuse their children, in any way. Nobody has that right. Forcing a child go to church is not necessarily abuse, however: it really depends on HOW that child is made to go and/or what will happen (or they are told will happen) if they don't. Mine went because, what, they were going to stay home and do what? I don't think so. Indeed, there's a whole lot of folks out there who probably should go/have gone to church... depending on the church.
What "church/temple/synagoge/mosque/KH" should be is a place for a community to come together to fellowship and find out what's up with one another and who needs help, how, etc., regardless of their religious belief. What it should NOT be... is a place to "learn" about God. First, because the ones "teaching" there don't know about God themselves... and second, because God is not there, per se... unless somethere has His spirit.
I understand so many have been hurt by what the WTBTS has done to them and/or what it has turned out to be. And lot have been hurt by their parents. But as some here have stated, while most had a bad spiritual experience, not all had a bad physical experience by reason of attending church/temple/KH, whathaveyou. And you can't start messing with a parent's right to raise his/her child in the manner they wish (excluding abuse, of course). That parent is ultimately responsible for that child, and you have to let them do their job, whether you agree with it or not. Because push come to shove, YOU most probably aren't going to be there... when that parent is.
For of you in this position, I exhort you: let yourselves heal. Allow it. PUSH for it. Because the people who hurt you most probably don't even know, didn't know... or aren't thinking about it. Do it... for yourselves.
I bid you peace.
A slave of Christ,