Fundamentalism I: Religion and creationism in UK schools

Unfortunately, I can’t eat as much as I would like to puke when I read this. I have a son, aged 2, and I sure as hell will never let any of such religious crap anywhere near him! Actually, he’s very interested in how nature works and knows the right names of all local birds. THAT’S what I like him to learn about the world, not this Accelerated Cretinism Education.

Why Evolution Is True

Today we have another two-part post, this time on fundamentalism in Europe. This post is on fundamentalism in the UK’s Christian “faith schools,” some of which are funded by the state.  To those of you in the UK: why are you tolerating government funding of religious indoctrination?  Is there no movement against publicly-funded indoctrination of children?

Whoops, I put the rant before the data. Here are some facts about a set of UK Christian schools that are not state-funded (except for the nursery schools, which are), but which provide a substandard, anti-science education that the UK government accepts as equivalent to a secular education.

Some Christian schools (and homeschooling parents) in the UK use a U.S.-devised  learning system called “Accelerated Christian Education,” or ACE.  The site Leaving Fundamentalism describes it:

Accelerated Christian Eduction is a fundamentalist curriculum from Texas, distributed in the UK by Christian Education Europe (CEE). There are…

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More accidents …

A 4-year-old New Jersey boy shot and killed a 6-year-old playmate with a rifle he found in his family’s home, police said on Tuesday.
The shooting in Toms River, New Jersey, on Monday, came two days after another 4-year-old shot and killed the wife of a sheriff’s deputy at her home in Lebanon, Tennessee, using a handgun he found on a bed.
Both shootings were under investigation but believed to be accidental, authorities said.

Reuters

Yeah, right – that was an accident, just like the pope being male is completely accidental. Keep up the good work!

Ohne Religion keine Ethik (5)

“People gathered around him and a member of the fighting brigade said: ‘Generous citizens of Aleppo, disbelieving in God is polytheism and cursing the prophet is a polytheism. Whoever curses even once will be punished like this’,” the observatory said.

“He then fired two bullets from an automatic rifle in view of the crowd and in front of the boy’s mother and father, and got into a car and left.”

abc.net.au

We all know what needs to be done!

Authorities in northern Arizona say a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his father at a Prescott Valley home.

Prescott Valley police say the shooting occurred just after noon Friday.

The 35-year-old man, identified as Justin Stanfield Thomas, and his young son were visiting from Phoenix and were at a friend’s house.

Police say the boy somehow found a gun in the home’s living room and accidentally fired it and a bullet hit his father, who was rushed to a hospital where he died.

The friend was reportedly Thomas’ former roommate and it may have been a surprise visit to the home, MyFoxPhoenix.com reported.

The boy was taken to a police substation to undergo interviews, and did not appear to realize what he did, MyFoxPhoenix.com reported. The boy is now with his mother.

“At this point there is no indication of any foul play,” Prescott Valley Police spokesperson Brandon Bonney told MyFoxPhoenix.com.

Thomas was an Iraq War veteran with the Army Special Forces and leaves behind two children, the news station reported.

foxnews.com

This calls for immediate action! Someone give that boy a lifelong NRA membership, quick!

Keep up the good work.

Ein Wort der Versöhnung

You have to hand it to those hard-working and god-fearing folks of the US: they’re working tirelessly on those school and domestic gun massacres – and in my view, they’ve earned every one of them! Keep up the good work!

Seine Schule suspendierte ihn, doch von anderer Seite wird er nun beschenkt: Josh Welch, ein achtjähriger Junge aus Maryland, hatte während der Schulpause sein Gebäckstück so abgeknabbert, dass der Rest an eine Pistole erinnerte.

Nach einer Anhörung wegen der Beurlaubung des Jungen von der Park Elementary School im County Anne Arundel zahlte ein Parlamentsabgeordneter nun 500 US-Dollar, um Welch die lebenslange Mitgliedschaft in der National Rifle Association (NRA), einer amerikanischen Waffenlobby-Organisation, zu ermöglichen.

SZ Online