UPDATE: Good advice for book banners and burners everywhere: read the supposedly damned thing first!
Here’s a quick test of your knowledge of scripture. Where does the following passage come from?
“Behold! The angels said: “O Mary! God hath chosen thee and purified thee – chosen thee above the women of all nations.”
Let’s try another, with more modern language:
“Behold, the angels said, “O Mary, God announces good news to you by a Word from God named the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, honored in this world and the hereafter.”
The first from the King James Version of the Bible and the second from the Revised Standard?
No on both accounts. . .
From The Friendly Atheist blog comes the kind of concern that even home-educating Thinking Parents ponder, when religious homeschooling gets caught up in the control meme and forgets the whole purpose of “education” anywhere is more and forward and freedom, not less and backward in a box:
Your parents seem to suffer from an anti-intellectualism that is sadly common and widespread in America. Their upbringing has engrained in them the belief that truth and virtue come from a Central Authority, rather than from investigation and personal responsibility. They struggle to live in a world that every day becomes a little more suited to you and a little less suited to them, so they are continuously defensive and reactionary.
Try not to become bitter toward your parents, even though they exasperate you. The fact that your resentment is justified will not prevent it from hurting all of you, and you the most. Like acid, resentment eats holes in everything it touches. On the other hand, I also acknowledge that the fact that they’re acting out of love does not make their restrictions any less stifling and oppressive to you. Deep, slow breaths, deep, slow breaths.
So I suggest two things. One, endure until your age brings you more autonomy, and two, in the meantime get a little sneaky. I feel a little sad to suggest that you should smuggle knowledge into your fertile mind under your parents’ radar, but like your body, your mind must be given what it needs to be nurtured now, not later. Youth, with its amazing powers of absorption, is very brief. . .
Several of the comments offer good suggestions btw, about access to independent sources of information and ideas apart from the religious indoctrination fearful parents allow.
Snooking that relates:
More Church Abuse of Its Own Members
This one’s ironic considering the worldwide-reverberating whacko-right religious turmoil in Gainesville FL this week, but maybe that’s actually a good sign of some sort, that the terrifying religious control meme knows its days are numbered but just won’t go gently into that good night?
. . .as intelligent and reasonable as humans now may be, people the world over including our own American media when the cartoonish becomes scary enough, still pretend and defer to religious claims that divinity plays humanity like puppets in a scripted play, a play that casts most humans as unworthy and doomed no matter what.
Thus in the third millennium “there is no bigger subject than God” and religious leaders still can bully this modern world into abandoning it all — our hard-earned philosophy, science and reason — via their (heavenly or hellish?) weapons of mass destruction, from controlling education, information and economic progress, to genital mutilation and genocide, to the increasing threat of nuclear bombs.
Do you experience the conservative homeschooling meme as principled belief in personal freedom and limited government, fueling politics meant to secure and protect equal opportunities for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, for all kinds of Americans as autonomous individuals? Or do you see conservative homeschooling as centered on religious rules and authority trumping secular authority, politics meant to impose fundamentalist social controls that supplant individual freedom (despite “libertarian” arguments and rhetoric)?
The specific charge of the indictment is that on April 24, 1925, John T. Scopes, “did unlawfully and willfully teach in public schools of Rhea County, Tenn., which said schools are supported in part and in whole by the public school funds of the State, certain theory and theories that deny the story of Divine creation of man as taught in the Bible . . .
And in conclusion:
Oh my! (fluttering and fanning herself in a ladylike but vigorous fashion) MisEducation has always preferred the inspiring and deeply personal magic of theatres and libraries to the curriculum of the typical classroom, and this amazing news suggests that once again, she is ahead of her time in recognizing the Real Magic all around us.