Wednesday, November 4, 2009
God Riddance to God from Schools
Mrs Button is your year-eight child’s teacher.
One day your child comes home and tells you a strange tale of an ‘E Meter’ she is using on the class to test their personalities.
This has you bemused and a little bit worried, so you do some detective work by asking around the other parents in the class if their children also report such ‘tests’.
The result is that all Mrs Button’s children have similar stories to report.
You decide to approach Mrs Button about these strange goings-on, you want no part of.
At the scheduled meeting in the classroom a picture of L.Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, hangs from the wall.
Rather than being reticent Mrs. Button goes on the attack claiming it is her heritage and right.
You are unsatisfied at her justification for indoctrinating your child with stories of alien war-lords, so you march off to the head-masters to complain.
The headmaster is sympathetic, but tells you there is nothing he can do.
He says he has been deluged by parent complaints similar to the one you are telling.
Mr Copland in Year 6 is a Mormon and filling his kids minds with tales of Joseph Smith.
Mrs Abdula gets her class to bow to Mecca.
The headmaster yearns for the day when all religious education is banned from the school.
So where is this going?
Yesterday, The European Court of Human Rights ruled against the use of crucifixes in classrooms in Italy.
They want secular education to be just that – religion free rather than ‘religion-lite’.
For those that are howling at this decision to remove Christian symbols from classes as some form of denial of traditional histrionics or the principals of Christian doctrine, I’m presuming are comfortable having children occupying a classroom with a picture of L.Ron Hubbard or Joseph Smith on the wall?
Or is it only when your own chosen superstitious clap-trap is removed from classes you feel some sort of betrayal?