Posted by Snafu on June 4, 2007 at 2:38 PM
Well, I think it's about time I started one of these and my recent reading about religion and education (http://www.secularism.org.uk/britainisbeingreligionisedbystea.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.secularism.org.uk/britainisbeingreligionisedbystea.html) has spurred me into action. The time has come for me to stand up and take action for what I believe in so that, at the very the very least, I can say I tried to make a difference.
I intend to do everything I can to challenge the special status that religion seems to have in our society today and, indeed, the very idea of religion itself.
I want to help people to try to understand that life can be lived without fear of repercussion from some supernatural entity and that all people can construct their own moral code based on experience and logical thought and that unless we can all learn to live together then our future is pretty bleak.
Check this out: http://www.secularism.org.uk/monumenttostupidityopensinusa.html
I'd love to go there! Think of the fun you could have! Seriously, this is from the guy who founded this website:
So now you can all stop wondering about all the beauty and intricacies of the universe and just read the bible and you'll know everything.
Anyway, while not quite on the same scale yet, there exists a growing concern in the UK about how we should educate our children religiously. As the founder of the Focus on the Family website, Dr. James Dobson says,
"Those who control what young people are taught, and what they experience - what they see, hear, think and believe - will determine the future..." and I admire him for his educational views but not, sadly, his religious ones.
So it comes down to this: do we allow religion and faith-based organisations to take over the education of our children to indoctrinate them at an early age into a blinkered and divisive view of the world or; do we teach our children to have the ability to think for themselves and maybe make the world a better place?
Well, this has been a pretty intense first blog but that's where I'm at at the moment and, if you're interested, I'll keep you up to date on my progress.