Thursday, 26 November 2009
Hey, Screacher, leave those kids alone!
Thanks to Ariane Sherine for reminding me of my favourite guitar riff and for more entertainment on the ship of fools- I mean superb atheist bus campaign.
Their latest ploy is to attribute words to a child telling adults not to attribute labels to them.
Why pour money into this idiotic scheme that could go towards helping the very real victims of religion? Why, because Richard Dawkins said it is foolish to label kids with their parents religion.
This has to be one of the most patronising and foolish comments ever. Do I think my Godson Nikolaos is an 'Orthodox child' because he accepts and understands the Nicene Creed whilst a Roman Catholic infant differs over its understanding of the filioque?
Of course not. He is an Orthodox child because he is part of our Byzantine family. Which is a lot better than many communities in Britain (mostly atheist) I can tell you.
Sherine pats her readers on the back (patting herself on the back in the process):
'Lastly, I'd like to take a final opportunity to thank everyone who donated to the campaign, supported it, commented on it or blogged about it – you really did make a difference to public discourse in this country and around the world.'
'Really'? So they weren't just being self-righteous narcissists who changed nothing? How did they 'really' change the discourse?
Update: This is priceless. At Camp Quest (an atheist summercamp: where's Mr Humphries when you need him?) teens can win a £10 note SIGNED BY RICHARD DAWKINS!! I'm sure that'll have youthful pulses racing.
'My little Johny's getting the latest playstation for his birthday'
'We're saving up to send little Michael to Camp Quest where we hope he'll win a note with Richard Dawkins' signature: you're so looking forward to it aren't you Michael?'
More seriously though, it demonstrates how daftly middle class the debate about faith is in Britain. Why not send the kids to some housing estates where they can see the real effects of secular British values?