5th February 2008

“I would defend the liberty of consenting adult creationists to practice whatever intellectual perversions they like in the privacy of their own homes; but it is also necessary to protect the young and innocent.”

Arthur C. Clarke

2 Responses to “5th February 2008”

  1. Terence Meaden Says:

    Yes, but how do we protect the “young and innocent” when credulous parents get at them first, and the priests and schools go for them subsequently?

    “What Britain requires and deserves is a secular state, and to get it we need political parties with the will to argue for it and who will found secular schools. Instead, the Blair government, followed by the Brown crowd, are happy creating faith schools partly because some of the cash needed is put up by rich financiers, some of them unmitigated creationists.” GTM

  2. Nefari Says:

    I think creating a secular educational system will be easier than protecting children from their creationist parents. There seems to be some deeply rooted notion of “I’ll raise my children how I see fit” that would give license to such teaching.

    Even a widely acknowledged lie such as Santa Claus is every parent’s right to subject their children to. And it is taboo for anyone outside the family, be it adult or child, to enlighten the deceived child, as if doing so removes all happiness and meaning to life.