Tuesday, February 17, 2004
Lesson In Nothing
Teaching Atheism in schools ? That won't take long. But, no, as ever there's more to it than that:
Children with strong religious beliefs would be encouraged to question them and to ask what grounds there are for holding them.
Do you get that ? Can you imagine the reaction if it was suggested that atheists should question their beliefs ? And it gets better:
"Pupils would be actively encouraged to question the religious beliefs they bring with them into the classroom, not so they are better able to defend or rationalise them, but so they are genuinely free to adopt whatever position on religious matters they judge to be best supported by the evidence."
Apparently, these guys have kind of missed the point of that 'faith' thing. Never mind that - again - atheists are apparently above the need for such introspection, why don't they examine the evidence in favour of Marxism ? Perhaps they should be actively encouraged to question their fanatical belief in a system that has utterly failed everywhere it's been tried.
Some of the report's conclusions will provoke controversy. Instead of accepting the 10 Commandments, children should be taught to question the plausibility of events and teachings in the bible, it says.
I don't think people who claim the basket case agriculture of the USSR was down to seventy years of bad weather should really be raising the question of plausibility.
Actually, these people don't exactly refute the argument that Marxism is a form of brain rot:
Rather than referring to God, they should be taught that there is a "divine being whose moral judgments are significantly more reliable than ours".
'Significantly more reliable' ?
Actually, there is a Freudian slip in there:
Children should also be taught about cults such as the Baha'i, made famous by the government scientist Dr David Kelly, paganism and even environmentalism.
Hence, the fanaticism about Kyoto - it's the economic equivalent of a sacrifice to the Earth Goddess.
Still, they're not against all religion. One does get respect from them. Can you guess which ?
A heavy emphasis would also be given to educating children about Islam to guard against what the think-tank regards as a growing phobia in schools towards Muslims.
Yes, the growing phobia, as evidenced by happenings such as….. errr, we'll get back to you on that. Instinct tells me that they won't be challenging anyone to rationalise the whole seventy-two virigns thing. They'll be after the real danger - those militant Amish get everywhere.
Mel P is also not amused.