I have learnt something today. Apparently it is still the law that we force children to worship mythical beings every day.

Note that is not the education relating to this rubbish, but that children must by law, take part in worship. Apparently schools are being a bit slack on this. (and have been for some time thankfully)

Well for once, hooray for slackness.

Children are in school to be educated. To be provided with education. Not forced to participate in some mass cult or idolatry. They should be made aware of the superstitious nonsense people will sign up to so they can cope when they meet these people in life. But to be forced to partake in it is just plain wrong.

Or at least if we are going to subject children to this sort of indoctrination then let’s at least be fair about it. Any religion should be able to have a go. I look forward to some chicken sacrifice carried out by the head teacher onstage as they get the chance to get stuck into some voodoo (Standfast Tim – I know you would), or how about learning what Dhabiha food preperation means to qualify as halal up close and personal? Or maybe some appropriate Rastafarian enlightenment opportunity? After all they are all legitimate religions and all manage to supply the same amount of evidence (i.e.; none) to support their cause.

Or maybe the time should be spent learning about actual ethics and morals without recourse to imaginary forces promising eternal damnation for such crimes such looking over your shoulder or not being in their little cult.

You know the sort of ethics and morals where the head man doesn’t institute an organised cover up to protect paedophiles because they are officers in his club. Or the ones were we teach that women have actual equality and can hold the same jobs as men within an organisation, or don’t have to wear a silly clothing and pretend to be ghosts. Or maybe the one where you cannot withhold services you agreed to be paid to provide just because you don’t agree with 2 particular people falling in love. 

Of course the Bishop of Oxford, the Right Reverend John Pritchard, said

doing daily worship in schools was an “important statement”. “What we believe as a country is important in the education of our young people, so I think it is an important statement that the country makes to its schools and says will you please do this,”

Not that he has a vested interest in brainwashing the young before they are equipped with the knowledge and self awareness to question information put before them?

To paraphrase

A child is no more a member of any religion than it is a member of the postal workers union. There is no such thing as a religious child, just a child of religious parents.

Maybe if we can stop forcing kids to treat imaginary beings that value humans as playthings to be drowned or condemned to eternal pain and suffering when we don’t please them as real, then they might, just might, start to value each other a bit more.

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