@akelly, I agree that some tenants of organized religion (i.e. love thy neighbor) are good rules to live by. However, I believe that good parenting and setting a good example for your children will have as strong, if not more of an impact on their moral upbringing.
I really enjoyed this post! Growing up in church can certainly help to instill certain values, but going to church doesn't automatically make you a good person (although some may disagree with that), and being a good person doesn't have to come from going to church.