This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.

An 'atheistic, rationalist, secular humanist' speaks

Thanks to Mary Squire for the link

Thank goodness for the "small minority" that "has recently been vociferous in its opposition to the widely supported programme of teaching of values from a Christian perspective in schools". Hugh Dickey's article moves me to make my voice heard as well.

On his first point, that the Christian teaching programme in schools is concerned with moral principles and values and not religious doctrine, if the "spiritual" issue included in the example given - that "God can comfort us in our sorrows" - is not religious doctrine, what is it?

And I'd like to ask, what comfort could the Christian God give that human individuals can't give each other? I have a feeling the answer would open a big can of doctrinal worms.

On his second point, the high standards set for the teaching of the Christian programmes, one would expect no less for any New Zealand's classroom, but that's got nothing to do with my and others' opposition.

Having a Christian-based values programme in schools is repugnant to me for two reasons: first, that it implies these values are somehow special to Christianity, whereas they are in fact human values.

They are espoused as worthwhile for human life as much by people outside of religious affiliation as those within it.

Secondly, the teaching of a fairy story as fact in our education system can't be justified on any level. As far as I'm concerned it will remain a fairy story until the second coming, until born-again Jesus turns out the loaves and fishes in front of my very eyes, water into wine etc. I'd be willing to rethink things at that point.

Read more



James Shapiro goes after natural...

Jerry Coyne - Why Evolution Is True Comments

James Shapiro goes after natural selection again (twice) on HuffPo

Oklahoma high school valedictorian...

NBC Staff - Comments

Oklahoma high school valedictorian denied diploma for using 'hell' in speech

U.S. Should Adopt Higher Standards for...

- - Scientific American Comments

Teachers, scientists and policymakers have drafted ambitious new education standards. All 50 states should adopt them

Delhi Charter School: Stop...

Petition - Comments

Delhi Charter School: Stop Discriminating Against Pregnant Students!

Parents shun school religion

Jewel Topsfield - The Age Comments

The group representing parents in Victorian state schools has joined teachers in calling for controversial religious instruction classes to be scrapped during school hours.

Acid attacks, poison: What Afghan girls...

Allie Torgan - CNN Comments

There were at least 185 documented attacks on schools and hospitals in Afghanistan last year, according to the United Nations. The majority were attributed to armed groups opposed to girls' education.





Please Login to RDFRS to Comment

Sign in to RDF

blog comments powered by Disqus