The Separation of Church and State. It is a concept as old as the United States. In my opinion this concept is just as important as the freedoms guaranteed to us in the First Amendment. Religion has absolutely no part in our public schools.
One thing that really makes me mad is when people want to “teach the controversy”. I hate this argument. Why on Earth would be teach kids about something we know is wrong? We teach them evolution because we know it’s right. So why would we teach them, for example, the fairy tales from Genesis? We shouldn’t “teach the controversy” because the religious side of the “controversy” is dead wrong.
Maybe if there were factual evidence to support the wild myths in Genisis we would “teach the controversy”. But there isn’t. In fact the scientific side of the “controversy” proves that these fairy tales are completely wrong! So we should continue to only teach evolution. Because it’s fact.
And another reason why we shouldn’t “teach the controversy” in public schools, is because religion has absolutely no place in public schools. That is why we have separation of Church and State! That is why we have the Establishment Clause! Now sure, the First Amendment guarantees Freedom of Religion. But that also mean we have freedom from religion. I don’t care what screwed up religion you practice, but keep it to yourself. Keep it in the privacy of your home and place of worship. Do not bring it into my public schools. Not everyone believes in your fucked up religion! So keep it the hell out of public schools!
We teach facts in school. Not fairy tales (Unless you happen to major in mythology in college hahaha). Public schools are a place for knowledge, intelligence, and facts. Religion hates knowledge, intelligence, and above all, FACTS.
So enough of my rant, let me ask you, what do you think about “teaching the controversy”?
“Freethought Today” is the newspaper from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. If you are an atheist or agnostic, you definitely want to read this newspaper. It appeals to atheists of all kinds!
It is a monthly newspaper printed by the FFRF. By becoming a member of the organization, you earn yourself a subscription to the newspaper. The annual membership fee is $40 (Or $25 if you have a valid student I.D.) I highly suggest this newspaper to all atheists and agnostics.
In the recent March 2013, the front page article was about a middle school in Jackson, Ohio where there was a picture of Jesus hanging above an entrance way. The FFRF filed a law suit to get the picture taken down.
It makes me very happy to see organizations such as the FFRF fighting to maintain the separation of church and state. We wouldn’t advance if the line separating church and state were not there. But I will talk more about this in my next post.
Professor Richard Dawkins in conversation with Dr Stephen Law, senior lecturer at Heythrop College, University of London, discussing the major issues of importance to humanists and atheists at a time when opposition to rationalist thought appears to be on the rise. Filmed at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, on Friday 15th February 2013.
If you like Richard Dawkins, you will enjoy this.
Please take the time to read this amazing article by Gamma Atheist
The book “Atheist Manifesto” by Michel Onfray is a marvelous read. It was actually the first atheism book I ever read. And I must say, I learned so much from this book alone. Onfray dissects the three monotheism’s of the world (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam). He goes in to great detail about every one of the topics he mentions. Some of these topics include the construction of Jesus, the Pauline contamination, and the totalitarian Christian state.
Onfray make a great “Case against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam” as the books subtitle says. I highly reccomend to any atheist or agnostic who wished to broaden his knowledge about the three world monotheisms.
Onfray was born in 1959. The prolific author of over 30 books, he teaches philosophy at the Free University of Caen and lives in Paris, France.