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We tend to think that, among English-speaking nations, the U.S. is the worst in cramming religion down the throats of its kids. And because Australia is so far away, and the U.S. so politically insular, we Americans are largely ignorant of religious doings in the antipodes. Well, from the land that brought us Mel Gibson and Ken Ham, I submit for your approval a particularly noxious specimen of religious tomfoolery.

“Upon gaining one’s Bachelor Degree, you come to the realization that you know absolutely everything.

Upon gaining one’s Masters, you come to the realization that you don’t know anything.

Upon gaining one’s Doctorate, you come to the realization that you don’t know anything and neither does anyone else.” Garth

related: http://www.theness.com/neurologicablog/?p=2294 http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=6775

Only the stout of heart should read the comments, the "Morans" dominate.

Would it have been too much trouble for Obama to say this?:

“Well, you know, there are some folks down in Florida who want to stir up trouble by burning Qur’ans. And our Constitution guarantees them the right to do that. But there’s a difference between what we have the right to do and what is the right thing to do. And this is simply the wrong thing to do.”

Instead he said this at his press conference on Friday:

The idea that we would burn the sacred texts of someone else’s religion is contrary to what this country stands for. It’s contrary to what this country—this nation was founded on. And my hope is, is that this individual prays on it and refrains from doing it. . .

In fact, this country stands for our right to burn the sacred texts of any religion we choose, and to criticize faith as strongly as we wish.


 

Comments

Damn it, Brad beat me to it. I sent you an e-mail about the Autism/Vaccine study for nothing! >:O

"Aussie Christians nix ethics classes" The Education Act of 1944 made it compulsory to hold an "Act of Collective Worship" in schools in England and Wales. In the 65 years or so since then the effect of this (among other things) has been to reduce church attendance in those countries by a substantial amount. A 1995 survey of 15,361 British schoolchildren aged 13 to 15 found that one-in-three are agnostic and one-quarter are atheists - a majority. Compulsory religious education allied to a free society can only result in more questioning and fewer zealots. An interesting summary can be found here: http://www.secularsites.freeuk.com/Education.htm

The problem with trying that in the U.S. is that we'd sooner or later get around to making the refusal to participate in the "Act of Collective Worship" a crime punishable by a jail term. We just love to throw people in jail.

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