The Atheists are Doing it Wrong
After having just watched HBO’s Friends of God last night, and recently reading Atheists using blow dryers to de-baptize themselves, I’ve come to the conclusion that Atheists are doing it wrong. On religious home-schooling:
“They are practicing child abuse in teaching that the world operates in ways other than it does,” he told the convention crowd. “And in my opinion, they are engaged in terrorism by weakening our nation and our understanding of science and things with which we can defend ourselves and progress. If it had not been for these fools we could have been at the stars 2,000 years ago.”
While everyone has the right to use hot button key words like “child abuse”, ”terrorism”, or even “science”, these words cause religious folk to foam at the mouth, and when that happens, you know no healthy debate will take place. We live in a time when everyone is fearful and quick to hate.
I wrote in my “How to Talk to your Gaming Significant Other“, if someone is already in a hyped up aggressive state (Religion regarding Atheism), you shouldn’t approach that hyped-up person with more aggression. Kagin has every right to poke fun at religion, and has every right to use satire to make a point, but in this instance, maybe taking a less aggressive stance might do more good. What would this less aggressive stance be?
Advocating more religious education.
If the fundamentalist Christians are pushing for Creationism to be taught in public schools (despite it violating the First Amendment), then the Atheists should be willing to compromise by pushing for more faith based studies – because, how can religious folk say no to more religious education?
If teaching a science-based view of the creation of the world is too difficult to get public support for, getting public support for a World Religion class should be a cinch. The class can begin with a bible studies unit, which should please the religious. Children should learn the New Testament was written at least 50 years after Christ, with some books coming hundreds of years after Christ. The canonization process of the Bible should be discussed, and this would be a good time to discuss all the stories of Jesus the church removed because they did not like them (for example: Jesus as a child making clay figurines and breathing them to life – the church thought this made Jesus look like a loner. In fact, all of the stories of Jesus as a child were removed, save one).
The Epic of Gilgamesh should be taught, particularly the Gilgamesh flood myth, for its similarities with the Noah flood myth in the bible. It should be noted that Judo- Islam-Christianity (or as I like to call them, “the desert religions” created by men for men) has spread quickly due to its violent nature. Once the bible unit is complete, Judaism and Islam should be mentioned, but do not meet the requirements of another religious viewpoint because they share the same god. Buddhism and Hinduism should be mentioned, as should all ancient religions like the Greek and Roman religions.
While I realize global religious studies are required in some universities, a world religious class should be given as an alternative to an evolution class. Religious students should have the right to choose between a global religious studies class or a class on evolution.
If getting a Global Religious Studies class is too complicated to accomplish, then inside the history unit, there should be a religious component. When students study the Greek, Roman and Egyptian empires (later the Frank and Nordic Empires), there should be a religious component. When students learn about the colonization of South America, they should learn about the Mayans, Incan, etc. When students learn about the great silk road through China, they should learn about Confucius. When students are taught about Christopher Columbus and Plymouth Rock, there should be a unit on the Native American religion.
Atheists will not be able to dispel the notion of God from our collective minds for a long long time (Religion has dominated human minds for thousands of years) – so Atheists should instead be pushing for more tolerance of various different viewpoints, of various different religions. Because that is the real problem Athiests have with the Religious. The religious fundamentals lack critical thinking skills, are narrow minded, possess various prejudices in spades, don’t care about love or this planet, and cannot even defend why they are part of the faith they are in – its like they are indoctrinated, much like a cult.
Hopefully teaching the religious about other religions will make them a more tolerant people, a people who can defend their own religion, and are more like that Jesus fellow they admire so much.
Edit: A TED video featuring Dan Dennett has come to my attention. Philosopher Dennett advocates a similar educational initiative, without my facetiousness and New York City rudeness.