"I agree with Richard Dawkins that religious instruction and indoctrination of young children is nothing less than child abuse, as he explained in The God Delusion. To tell children that there is a creator god who will guard over them, without giving them the evidence, is nothing less than a lie".
The ‘mixed economy of faith and secular schools in England and Wales is widely accepted and only locally controversial. The legitimacy of the government’s policy is evidenced by recent and repeated new legislation in Parliament, confirming and enhancing the provision of maintained faith schools.
The power of religion is something that governments cannot control and the best way for the government (any UK government) to obtain and retain a broad consensus across the innate conflicts between religion and state is to reach a compromise which keeps all of the relevant forces content. That is the essence of social inclusion and modern multiculturalism.
For all these reasons, in a multi-faith and no-faith society, the selective funding of faith schools is a legitimate exercise of state power."
Curb, Religion in Schools. NUT.
"I would say that my children have been, or are bullied, or are being bullied today; as we all stand by and watch"! The religionists let down the majority of our teachers, parents, and children, and also – with the current abuses that they are involuntarily involved in, with an existing endemic "target culture" in our education programme promoted by the UK’s Government. Most teachers try their hardest to teach what is very self-evident in 2008 and most will do this to the best of their wonderful caring ability. It is very shocking and extremely embarrassing to most of our teachers that this appalling situation still exists in the UK!
The only way to thwart the Power of Religion in our Schools is from the ‘bottom up’. Membership of Secular Organisations; Parents and Children; Teachers to Administration, and so on…
Propaganda, alive and well in Dorset. dorsetforyou.com.
"In time, it is true, experience teaches him that magic formulas and ceremonial gestures do not give him what he wants. But until experience has taught him – and he takes a surprisingly long time to learn – man’s behaviour is in many respects far sillier than that of the animal". Huxley.
Not only just that see, above. "Religion should be taught and examined in the same way as science is; after being examined by the children and their class and being commensurate with their development (Sigmund Freud) – it should be allocated the very short amount of time that the class thinks that it deserves and then to proceed on to the subject of Philosophy".
"The truths contained in religious doctrines are after all so distorted and systematically disguised," writes Sigmund Freud, "that the mass of humanity cannot recognize them as truth. The case is similar to what happens when we tell a child that new born babies are brought by the stork. Here, too, we are telling truth in symbolic clothing, for we know what a large bird signifies. But the child does not know it. He hears only the distorted part of what we say, and feels that he has been deceived; and we know how often his distrust of the grown-ups and his refractoriness actually take their start from this impression. We have become convinced that it is better to avoid such symbolic disguisings of the truth in what we tell children and not to withhold from them a knowledge of the true state of affairs commensurate with their intellectual level".
"When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kind of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt". Robert Pirsig.
Philosophy (it lies somewhere between religion and science)
"It deals with assumptions on which a great many normal and everyday beliefs rest. These assumptions when examined critically often turn out to be insecure, and sometimes: nonsensical. People do not like having their assumptions and beliefs examined, it irritates them". Ref, ‘Lecture on Philosophy’ AW.
It is now 2008!
Come on, grow up world! (Suggestion for lunch time Grace – if there has to be one, "For what we are about to receive may we be very thankful". The days of some obscure (being) Lord, and, at last, are over now for any public authority to indoctrinate to children. They will just have to catch up with life in 2008 and not rely on an outdated census (2001) or its misinterpretation for their power trip and propaganda purposes! At home, and, of course, this would be a very different and a totally individual private matter.
The Law, Schools and Local Authorities that should be acting within the ‘spirit’ of the law to set an example for all. Especially our children!
The Equality Act 2006. Part 2: Discrimination on Grounds of Religion or Belief. Guidance for Schools.
"Religion" will include for example all the major faith groups and "belief" will include non-religious worldviews such as humanism.
"Lack of religion or belief is also included in the definition of "religion and belief". This means that it will be unlawful to discriminate against someone on the grounds that they do not adhere or sufficiently adhere to a particular religion or belief (even one shared by the discriminator), or indeed any religion or belief at all – such as, for example an atheist".
I hope that in all our Schools this is being adhered to, but I don’t think behind the ‘closed doors’ of the schools that I know of that this is very true! For all the propaganda of moralizing, and in the proselytising of myths and virtuousness; they are no better than behaving in an appalling charlatan-istic manner.
In my experience, limited as it is: just ask the children!
Evidence – from the words of 5 to 8 year old’s. Ref, Education in the UK 2008.
"You can’t be a member of my class unless you believe in God and Jesus." A Threat of Exclusion. Freedom of Thought and Religion.
"The Lords Prayer is repeated so much that it rings in my head". Brainwashing and Freedom of Thought.
Everyday, a repetitive and same format, for the lunch time religious Grace. The Carrot and Stick Format i.e., don’t say it, you are then not thankful to a particular God or being. Therefore, you don’t deserve the food, and so on…so on…a degradation of your Human Rights as a Child?
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
And, SIB + Poole General Hospital – Children and Young Adults Self-Harming