28th April 2008

“Some children are raised in such an ideological prison that they willingly become their own jailers… forbidding themselves any contact with the liberating ideas that might well change their minds.”

Daniel Dennett

4 Responses to “28th April 2008”

  1. AG Says:

    ..could it be put any more eloquently, or elegantly, for that matter?

  2. Terence Meaden Says:

    The human mind that is so liberating to us freethinkers is by contrast a prison to those trapped by the closed walls and potted mentalities set by the religious—and so, like them, go on grovelling, mentally and physically, to the absent gods.

  3. Chris Says:

    Topical from Todays NY Times:

    “It is hard to see how violence, how terrorism will lead to the implementation of sharia,” Mr. Pipes said. “It is much easier to see how, working through the system — the school system, the media, the religious organizations, the government, businesses and the like — you can promote radical Islam.” – Daniel Pipes, who directs a conservative research group, the Middle East Forum
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    Mr. Pipes just succeeded in scuttling an Islamic school in NY. My Freethinker of the Day Award winner for preventing one more Prison of the Mind from sinking in its cancerous roots.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/28/nyregion/28school.html?ex=1210046400&en=81f7ad0ed1dac883&ei=5043&partner=EXCITE

  4. Chris Says:

    Boy, I got that wrong. Only the school’s director was sacked, not the entire school. Well, I can hope, can’t I? Sorry if I misled.