The Telegraph has a lovely article on how The National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies is going to brainwash children. Here’s the kind of mud they’re slinging:
Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute said: “Atheists are becoming increasingly militant in their desperate attempts to stamp out faith. It is deeply worrying that they now want to use children to attack the Christian ethos of their schools.
“Many parents will also be anxious at the thought of militant atheists targeting their children.”
Oh, lordy, lordy. “Attack the Christian ethos”? He says that like it would be a bad thing.
But don’t trust the Telegraph, which is openly lying about the program planned. Go straight to the source to find out what they’re actually up to.
What the AHS actually wants to do is encourage interfaith discussion through a variety of events, focusing on both scientific and religious education, as well as supporting charity work. The aims of the current initiative are outlined in brief here:
- To teach students how to debate and create dialogue between school faith groups.
- Provide the school with fun and educational events and activities, including two student-led courses: ‘Perspectives’ in which a speaker from a faith group gives a talk followed by Q&A, and our ‘One Life’ course, which considers moral and ethical issues without god. Many events will also support the scientific curriculum.
- Encourage charity volunteering.
- Give students the experience of running a group and managing events.
- Show students that it’s ok not to believe in god and encourage critical thinking.
- Bring out issues concerning religious privilege in schools such as collective worship and incomplete or biased religious education.
All of those things, of course, are horribly objectionable to certain Christians.