There are lots of different parenting philosophies out there. But one of the most pervasive ones in this day and age (and in my mind the most dangerous one) is that we shouldn't "indoctrinate" our kids. When people use the word "indoctrinate" they mean teach your kids traditional values, like don't have sex before marriage, or don't do drugs. But perhaps the worst thing you can do, to these people's thinking, is "indoctrinate" your kids to believe in God.
Now, I'm a Christian. I'm a Conservative too. And so as you can probably guess, these ideas don't sit well with me. I look at it this way: it's our job as parents to teach our kids. We can't just sit around and hope that little Jimmy will figure out on his own that it's a bad idea to pull on that pot of boiling water on the stove. We don't just assume they'll figure out that 1+1=2, so why should we just assume they'll figure out the stuff about God?
To me, and I think to most Christians, my relationship with God is the #1 most important aspect of my life. So why on earth would I exclude my kids from that? And yet, that's the message we get as parents: don't influence your kids when it comes to religion! You should just let them experiment and choose for themselves.
However, the Bible paints a clearly different picture. According to Deuteronomy 6:6-7 parents should heed the following instruction, "And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."
So if you believe the Bible, then you should definitely forget what the so-called experts say.