I had not known that the UK actually had a legal requirement “in all state schools for pupils to take part in a daily act of worship of a broadly Christian nature.” How … quaint. That must create a fair number of atheists, since I think I would probably have reacted with some resentment if my school had shuffled me off to chapel every day, just on the general principle. And I’ve learned something else: the UK government has an infestation of holy muckity-mucks, almost like ours! When Dr Paul Kelley tried to turn the school he runs into a a fully secular institution, he was told he couldn’t do that:
One senior figure at the then Department for Education and Skills, told Kelley that bishops in the House of Lords and ministers would block the plans. Religion, they added, was ‘technically embedded’ in many aspects of education.
“Technically embedded” — I like that. It’s an admission that they’re locked in to paying lip service to a non-existent being. At least they’re honest about it, unlike their American counterparts. Kristjan Wager reports on one of our Republican senators in Louisiana trying to smuggle in support for a far-right-wing group of crazy dingleberries who want to screw up science education.
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., earmarked $100,000 in a spending bill for a Louisiana Christian group that has challenged the teaching of Darwinian evolution in the public school system and to which he has political ties.
The money is included in the labor, health and education financing bill for fiscal 2008 and specifies payment to the Louisiana Family Forum “to develop a plan to promote better science education.”
These conservative groups have done more to poison the nice word “family” than the Mafia and Charles Manson combined. When I see the word “Family” in a title any more, I have to choke back a gag reflex in order to gurgle out my immediate protest — and no, it’s not because I’m against families, it’s because I despise these Christian liars who offer token support of good values and then use that window dressing to excuse dragging human dignity into the slime. The Louisiana Family Forum is no different; their goal is to keep children ignorant and pious.
The group’s stated mission is to “persuasively present biblical principles in the centers of influence on issues affecting the family through research, communication and networking.” Until recently, its Web site contained a “battle plan to combat evolution,” which called the theory a “dangerous” concept that “has no place in the classroom.” The document was removed after a reporter’s inquiry.
Ask not why America is polarized on religion—look only to the demented fuckwits who have discovered that religion is an easy shortcut to allow promotion of the indefensible and the inane, and have turned “family” into a synonym for “cult”.