(More from our epic examination of what conservative Christian curriculum really teaches, even when it claims to double as mainstream academics.)
“My biggest curiosity factor, however, is why do you care?”
Up-thread Lynn and I do talk about how the wonderful world we all live in together is threatened for all, when any indoctrinating power including if not especially patriarchal fundamentalism, gets power-hungry in public policy. Look at the history of the Catholic Church or modern-day middle eastern theocracy, or just turn on cable news in America to the current town halls.
The entire state of Texas is (unconstitutionally in my view) implementing by public policy a new curriculum to literally indoctrinate students in this armed and dangerous version of Christianity — yet you’re asking US instead of those elected public servants, why we should care what kids grow up believing? Do you seriously mean to claim that all curriculum and all education is just competing indoctrination anyway, so what does it matter??
If so, you answer your own question: THAT is why it matters. Because believing that lie spoils everything good, true and beautiful that is real and dehumanizes us all so we can devolve back into warring religious tribes.
Even if you can’t believe as I do, that the AR-15 semi-automatic assault weapons at a presidential event are part and parcel of irrational minds crippled by indoctrination in dysfunctional lies and that fundamental religions foster that social threat, you will hear more obvious evidence.
I did just this minute, typing this response:
At Rep. Barney Frank’s Dartmouth town hall on health care reform last night, a young woman took the mike demanding to know why he’s supporting the president’s “T-4″ Hitler/Nazi extermination program that treats certain lives as not worth living.
Frank is of course Jewish. (Also gay, which would have gotten him exterminated *twice* in Hitler’s Germany, I suppose.)
So Frank pokes fun at her monstrous ignorance by saying that in keeping with his “ethnic heritage” he’ll answer her question with another question: “On what planet do you spend most of your time?”
He then says “It’s a tribute to the First Amendment that this kind of vile, contemptible nonsense is so freely propagated” and that “trying to have a conversation with you would be like arguing with a dining room table.”
Calling a Jewish public servant a Nazi as public debate.
Calling a black public servant a racist as public debate.
There’s two good reasons why I care, right there.
On a smaller scale, homeschooling families might consider that their own educational freedoms are most at risk when homeschooling is confused in the minds of politicians and the public with conservative warfare waged through Christian indoctrination, but as a public policy specialist in my former professional life, I care about a lot more than that.