Free Gay Marriage Speech “Alive and Well” for FL Gov’s Wedding

13 12 2008

The loudest protesters were about 30 people with the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement. The group chanted that Crist was a “murderer” . . . with the aid of a bullhorn. Crist acknowledged the cacophony, smiling and saying, “Free speech is alive and well.”

Far more peaceful were a group of largely gay protesters who chided Crist for backing a constitutional ban on gay marriage that voters approved in November.

 The Associated Press/Governor's office Gov. Charlie Crist, right, and Florida first lady Carole Rome leave their wedding ceremony on Friday.

The Associated Press/Governor's office -- Gov. Charlie Crist, right, and Florida first lady Carole Rome leave their wedding ceremony on Friday.





Indoctrinating Kids Shows Distrust of Reason

13 12 2008
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Dale McGowan says that parents can raise good children without God. -- Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard News Office

“It’s a very different process to reach adulthood and cho[o]se your first labels yourself,” said McGowan, “than to look down and see the word ‘Catholic’ or ‘atheist’ hanging around your neck.”

Among Humanist parents, confidence sometimes runs dry in the face of religious traditions that already offer “a box of settled questions” on death, sexuality, and other big issues.

“It’s into that breach of confidence that the church steps,” said McGowan.

There seems to be a growing sense of community among nonreligious parents, he said — but it’s pretty new. . .

Good write-up of Dale McGowan’s um, “un-ministry”? — where as Harvard-honored humanist dad, he’s spreading the good news about how educating kids to reason for themselves and to challenge all authority and ideas, is more moral and socially responsible and thus more real as education, than indoctrinating them in any belief system and calling it good news for education:

In fact, research shows that indoctrination, often the focus of religious upbringing, is, more than anything else, what impedes moral development, claimed McGowan.

“At the heart of indoctrination is the distrust of reason.”

Better off are children who get from their parents “an explicit invitation to disagree,” he said — that is, children “actively engaged in the refinement of their own moral development.”