On, Notes from the Perimeter:
we find this obvious account of indoctrination of a child by atheist parents.
The post is dealing with a grade 10 kid, a kid from an atheist family (who else?) who refused to do an English / Literature assignment that required him to read a portion of the Bible. The post goes on to say,
"What does it mean, especially for a kid, to choose willful ignorance about something with the kind of historical and cultural impact as the Bible?
The United States Supreme Court ruled in 1963, in the case of School District of Abington Township v. Schempp, that schools can include religious texts as examples of literature and in cultural studies – they just cannot use those works in a religious context, for proselytizing or promoting a particular religious viewpoint.
The decision reads in part: “[It] might well be said that one's education is not complete without a study of comparative religion or the history of religion and its relationship to the advancement of civilization. It certainly may be said that the Bible is worthy of study for its literary and historic qualities…as part of a secular program of education.”
A few of Jack’s (the wanna be atheist) comments about his position are unintentionally funny. In an interview with the press, he referred to the Bible as “the word of God” and a “holy text.” I fear that Jack hasn’t quite grasped the concept of atheism. Clearly Jack does believe that God and holiness exist – he just doesn’t want to be confronted with them.
Herein, for me lies the rub: the fear that new knowledge, especially knowledge that might challenge comfortable assumptions or beliefs, is somehow contagious, able to transform attitudes against the person’s will. I might change my mind about it – OMG!
The most fundamental point of education is to provide the framework for more choices, not fewer. The central premise of education is that knowledge expands and frees, not constricts and restricts.
And yet restricting their child's learning is exactly what Jack’s parents are trying to do, not just for their son (refusing to do the assignment is not his idea - this is an atheist parent driven agenda from A to Z) but for everyone’s children. Even for those who wish to complete the assignment.
So what else is new. Atheists and Fascism have always gone hand in hand.