Mandy- your assessment of the impact of "religion" on kids as being repressive is accurate only when looking at the particularly oppressive form of false religion that dominates most of "Christianity" which focuses on legalism. While God is very clear in the Bible about sin, true saving faith bestows the sweet understanding that the love of God has delivered his people from the consequences of their sin. God, through his grace, has saved true believers for the penalty of sin through our sin-bearer, Jesus Christ. For the true believers, the difference between this legalism and true saving faith is undeserved forgiveness through Christ's sacrifice at the cross.