“It’s really wrong to assume that there is an inconsistency between seeing complexity and taking a strong position. . .In a society committed to free speech . . . we are called on to maintain our courage to confront bad words with better words. That is the hallmark of a university and of our democratic society.”
Suppose religious freedom and education freedom — indeed real education of any kind — are not only not the same thing, but can be shown to be in conflict.
New Dossier of Evidence Against Faith Schools:
A point that needs to be made more often is that religious schools suppress freedom of religion.
“Three in five (60%) of the general population and two in three (66%) of those in ethnic minority groups think religion is more divisive than race today.”
Fat kids, skinny kids, their heads are full of rocks?
What do kids get taught by public universities these days, particularly political science, history, journalism (and religion?) majors, about how human power of story plays out in real life?
Thinking Parents are quick to see family decision-making freedom at the center of both education and religion, to draw Venn diagrams with giant overlap or intersection between the two freedom sets.
But are we as clear-thinking as our own good minds should require, when it comes to accurately representing and defending society’s sets, those freedom circles we all move in and cannot move between except when that’s how we’re drawn?
Jessica Rabbit: “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way!”
We live in a 21st century, multicultural society, and yet we allow a significant proportion of our school system to be run by followers of supernatural faiths.
If this had no impact on our society then it would be fine, albeit unsettling on principle. But the evidence shown here suggests that things may not be okay; that the prevalence of faith schools divides communities, fails poorer children, widens ethnic and class divisions, and allows forms of bullying to go unchallenged.
. . .is that this evangelical meme about a Christian god ordaining and constituting our government isn’t harmless, and it doesn’t put “Country” first. It doesn’t even put Americans as people first, much less our government.
I’ve been shocked . . . at the ignorant and racist religious bile being spewed at Barack Obama by supposedly patriotic, conservative, golden-rule Christians, even from homeschool advocates who with stubborn pride clutch their own differences from mainstream society as the ties that bind us in one identity.
Christians very much like Obama just can’t bear to believe it, because that could make him one of the family!
So ultimate difference must be found and if not, it must be fabricated. Never mind reality because real Christians don’t need to be able to prove their stories to themselves or each other — collective belief really can create its own reality.