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Premiseless's Avatar Comment 1 by Premiseless

Absolutely. Why should religion proclaim rights over education, understanding and discovery?

"We are religion therefore we reserve the rights to remain unquestionable dictators of whatever information we not only claim to be correct but to have you emotionally subvert yourself to and worship."

This mind artillery was designed in meetings to effect some elitist code for a dictatorial regime, not to protect the rights of some powerless, non existent, god.

Let's preach preservation of reason for education, and leave the myth on the shelf!

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:15:34 UTC | #911363

Daryl 's Avatar Comment 2 by Daryl

At the State of the Union address last night, my 15 year old son asked me why Republicans were so against funding teaching and education. I thought for a moment and then answered, "Because the more educated you are, the more you are likely to be against any severe religious teachings, and then you are less likely to buy into their rhetoric." So I figure the far right in the US, and I guess Australia, where Murdoch is from, wants to keep us ignorant and stupid so we can't think for ourselves.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:31:28 UTC | #911382

Finch's Avatar Comment 3 by Finch

From the article:

Among the foremost atheist scientists in the world, evolutionary biologist and author of The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins believes that education is the only ‘antidote’ to religion. “We need to protect children from being indoctrinated. It goes on to the next generation and then they see that their children get indoctrinated. Children are getting educated into the religion of their parents. We shouldn’t just assume that a child of a Christian becomes a Christian,” he says.

Here, here, Dr Dawkins. Well-said. Teach children how to think rather than what to think.

Let's apply that to every religion. Shall we?

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:42:51 UTC | #911385

aquilacane's Avatar Comment 4 by aquilacane

Page took too long to load but it sounds reasonable.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:14:57 UTC | #911404

wrongwatch's Avatar Comment 5 by wrongwatch

Dr. Dawkins, Education is indeed a key to solving the "religious problem" But it is not the first step. Religion is an addiction, and the addicted must want to stop their addiction before education will be accepted. Fear is paramount in the religious mind, and only when it is overcome, and education can do that, will the fear subside and ignorance with it. Atheism is not the goal however. Science can inform individuals to the new facts we discern about the universe, and a god is not among those facts. For many religious, the step from god fearing to being against god is just too much. Without god is sufficient. When god is removed from our lives, the wars fought for religion, against other religions and against women, and the planet will go away. I'm Hoping, I'm guessing. Any takers?

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 19:33:15 UTC | #911438

ShadowMind's Avatar Comment 6 by ShadowMind

Children (and adults...) need to be taught to think, to question everything; but also that the answer they come up with may be wrong, and that some-one else might come up with a better answer. And that's OK.
For example, concerning gravity: Aristotle was wrong, Newton had a good answer, but Einstein had a better (more precise) answer. The important thing is that being wrong allows us to learn new things (learn from your mistakes...), something religion hasn't quite figured out, because gods (or rather, gods' messengers) are Always Right.
On another note, something I just thought of: If religoons want to get rid of atheism, tell them that there will be no atheists when there is no religion (because if no-one knows/cares about the idea of god, the term "atheist" becomes meaningless).

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 20:10:03 UTC | #911447

ridelo's Avatar Comment 7 by ridelo

I remember from my days (long ago) in a Catholic school: "You may doubt, but remaining in doubt is a sin." How about that?

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:13:13 UTC | #911469

Schrodinger's Cat's Avatar Comment 8 by Schrodinger's Cat

I think the premise that religion is the preserve of the uneducated is naive and simplistic, just as it is naive to uppose that atheism is necessarily the result of intelligence or education. I hate to have to say it.....but a person could just as well be raised unthinkingly to be an atheist. Would there have been any more thought process behind that than for a person raised as a believer ?

What people need educating in is not theisms or anti-theisms themselves, but the entire logical process necessary to make the distinction and thus a truly 'educated' choice.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:34:02 UTC | #911481

obijuanmartinez's Avatar Comment 9 by obijuanmartinez

I am happy to say my children (2) are being raised in a home free of religious indoctrination!

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:42:42 UTC | #911487

ukvillafan's Avatar Comment 10 by ukvillafan

          [Comment 8](/articles/644716-education-is-the-only-antidote-to-religion-richard-dawkins/comments?page=1#comment_911481) by  [Schrodinger's Cat](/profiles/105285)          :


                 I think the premise that religion is the preserve of the uneducated is naive and simplistic, just as it is naive to uppose that atheism is necessarily the result of intelligence or education. I hate to have to say it.....but a person could just as well be raised unthinkingly to be an atheist. Would there have been any more thought process behind that than for a person raised as a believer ?What people need educating in is not theisms or anti-theisms themselves, but the entire logical process necessary to make the distinction and thus a truly 'educated' choice.

Which is Richard's point exactly; teach children HOW to think, not WHAT to think

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 22:27:55 UTC | #911510

FighterForReason's Avatar Comment 11 by FighterForReason

Professor Dawkins is correct - education is the ultimate antidote to religion, and the only way we can expect it to disappear. Why do religious people continuously indoctrinate their children? Because they themselves were likely indoctrinated. And indoctrination is a form of child abuse, and as such, when we see this happening, we should not take it lightly. It is a sickening sight, here in the UK, to see young girls having to wear those headscarves while their despicable father proudly walks down the street with them, knowing that he doesn't have to wear the scarf because he is male. This is disgraceful, and it deserves ridicule and hatred. When children are taught to think critically, to make up their own minds and to witness the wonders of their existence without the need for the supernatural fiction, I daresay they grow into much better people than those disgusting, hateful morons who believe in ancient texts. I have a teacher in my college who agrees with me, and he openly criticises religion in front of religious people. An excellent example of what we need in this world. He has before openly stated that religion is disgusting and stupid. An inspirational man, to be sure. Why should we hold back our opinions for fear of offending?

Jordan.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 22:53:07 UTC | #911520

Cents's Avatar Comment 12 by Cents

Thank you random mutation, non-random survival over time and the blind luck of nature for Richard Dawkins. He is here at the right time and the right place to be a force for the social progress of humanity. Richard we need you to keep doing what you are doing. However, you and your voice of science and reason are a threat to the religious fanatics of this world. They scare me. Don't take chances. Be cautious like Salman Rushdie. Keep safe Richard. We need your voice for the battle against faith in the decades to come.

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:24:52 UTC | #911545

DLJ's Avatar Comment 13 by DLJ

Incidentally, I think targeting India and bolstering / stimulating any fledgeling / dormant defenders against the increasing encroachment by (you know which) religion, is an excellent strategy

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:00:30 UTC | #911640