You go to school to open your mind, to learn about the world as it is and as it was with fact, science and reason. When you send your children to a school that is faith based, you are hijacking that child’s development and learning experience. Everything that this child learns is learnt but with the stipulation that behind all knowledge, god is there pulling the puppet strings! What kind of education is this when you are mixing fact with supernatural fiction? The cold hard fact is then diluted, as the late Christopher Hitchens said, “Religion poisons everything!”
Maybe in my naivety I did not even use the common sense to think that they were in existence, but I have recently found out that they have faith based private schools! So parents are paying ALL this money for their child to learn the diluted facts about this world. And the most saddening thing of all, whether private or not, that these diluted facts/diluted education that they will obtain will actually serve them well in their later adult life because everyone else has had this same diluted education. They will be going through life with god as their handicap – not seeing the world/situations for what it/they really is/are. Is ignorance really that blissful?
I find it incredible that people are prepared to pay thousands of pounds for their child to have an education that will be tainted by the “god education” that will inevitably run alongside it in a faith based school. It is better to have an education rather than none at all, but if you are going to invest cold hard cash in your child’s education and ultimately their future, they why handicap them with the “god education.”
When a child is in a faith based school they are never free with the education that they receive because the notion of god is always attached to this style of education. They are never free to explore education without the notion of god being rammed down their throats. The school gates are really jail gates, slamming shut every day once all the pupils are accounted for, they cannot escape the god education that is to come. There is no way out.
And even after the pupils leave these faith based schools, they will never entirely be free, they will always be in some construct of a religious jail cell within their minds because of the brainwashing they have had to undergo enacted by their very own teachers. With some of the techniques these teacher use (alongside the usual religious figures in the church) I do agree with The Thinking Atheist pondering the question – could this amount to some kind of at least “emotional” child abuse?
Well either way, we know if the next generation coming through the ranks will be free, what it will take to be free, if ever………..
And this comes to my greatest fear about all of this and atheism as a whole……….even though it is better to fight the fight and do your own part in bringing reason, science and common sense to everyone eradicating god in the process, will we ever be able to get rid of religion to the point where that is in the minority and atheism is in the majority? Will we ever be able to tip the balance of the scales to atheism favour? I shudder to think that the world is condemned to be in the grip of religion and its falsehoods until the end of time, that is worse than being condemned to their falsified version of hell surely!?
The Thinking Atheist – http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/