6th March 2008

“Religionists, whether Muslim, Christian, Jew or whatever, want to use schools to indoctrinate fertile young minds with what they believe is the moral code of their preferred supernatural deity, but which is really nothing more than the myth, superstition and prejudice of primitive tribes people.”

Alistair McBay

4 Responses to “6th March 2008”

  1. Terence Meaden Says:

    But for the inculcation of religion into the minds of children, religion worldwide would soon be weakened—to the great benefit of all humanity.
    Imagine for a start a world in which not a single parent of Muslim, Christian or Jewish background allowed any religious beliefs to reach the brains of their children while under their care and authority, e.g. until the children got married and left home. What a better, sane and secular world we could all hope for. Instead, these same children are endlessly impressed with falsehoods and taught supernatural stories as if they were true; and they come to develop hate for the superstitious liars of the competing noxious religions at the same time.

  2. Terence Meaden Says:

    “What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.” Sigmund Freud

    “Every village has a torch—the schoolteacher. Every village has an extinguisher—the priest.” Victor Hugo

  3. Terence Meaden Says:

    But when schoolteacher and priest have the same religious mentality, then doomed are our children.

  4. Chris Says:

    This is why there is so much push from the right to get religion into the public schools. They know, correctly, that if they get them young they have them forever – most anyway. I see it every day. My 8 year old comes home from our very secular charter school and every week, some other kid has brought up god or hell or Jesus and my wife and I get a ton of questions from her. The scary part is that the topic seems to fascinate her. And why not? It’s like magic, like the world of Harry Potter but experienced by real people she knows. How attractive is that poison chalice!

    And what if this stuff were part of the curriculum? Chatter from peers is bad enough. What hope does a kid have in, say, Kentucky of making it to adulthood without having been infected with the belief virus? It’s all around us. Believers think we atheists ought to just keep our mouths shut, that we’re the ones with the problem. They commit the same crime any repressive majority does when they act to silence the voice of people that simply don’t share the majority’s views. Without meaning to, without maybe knowing that they do it, they are bigots and repressors, no different than Jim Crow or Joseph McCarthy. 1984 didn’t come true – it has always been true. This is the rotten fruit of religion – the unavoidable mindset that says “our way is right therefore your way must be wrong.” Not only are we wrong, we’re deserving of their discrimination earn god’s eternal punishment.