My kids go to a private school that is not officially Christian, but does teach "Christian values". I am glad that they teach positive values to the kids and I haven't felt that the school has focused on religion. But, the school does attract more Christian families because of this. Dh and I are athiests, but we tell our children that (1) They can believe what they feel is right and (2) They need to be respectful of other people's beliefs.
Today my son said that one of his best friends told him "People who don't believe in God are mean." I told him that it was not true. We talked about it and how we would look at people's actions, not their beliefs, to decide if they are being "mean". We talked about it for a bit, but I know ds still has some doubts. He is 7 and is starting to be heavily influenced by his peers, so I am concerned that he thinks there is truth to what his friend told him. (This friend has told him a lot of things that are in no way true, but my son will defend all of the statements because his friend said them).
My question is, do I do anything else? Talk to the friend's parents about it? Find biographies of athiests who are "nice"? I'm not sure what to do. Ds does not always share his thoughts so it will be hard for me to tell if he continues to believe this and/or hears similar statements in the future. I don't want him to feel different or that there is something wrong with him because our family is not Christian. We may be leaving the school next year for different reasons, but if we do stay I am sure these things will continue to come up. Any advice?