Richard Dawkins attacks Muslim schools for stuffing children’s minds with ‘alien rubbish’
By Richard Alleyne The Telegraph 5:00AM BST 08 Oct 2011
emphasis my own, comments my own – Dcn. Bill
The author of The God Delusion, who has previously described religious education provided by faith schools as a form of child abuse, said that the effect was “utterly deplorable” especially as it lasted until their university years. (what this means is that the faith-based schools are doing a good job of instilling the faith. I wonder if he includes Catholic schools?)
The prominent atheist said he could live with some faith schools that are vaguely religious and saved his fire for the schools that were teaching “total nonsense”.
Mr Dawkins, former Oxford University professor and evolutionary biologist, made his comments as he spoke to the Times Educational Supplement about the launch of a new science book.
He said that while he opposed faith schools as a whole, it was the Muslim ones that worried him the most. “Occasionally, my colleagues lecturing in universities lament having undergraduate students walk out of their classes when they talk about evolution – this is almost entirely Muslims,” he said. (The problem here is that they are standing up for what they believe, but not for what he ‘Dawkins’ believes. I’m pretty sure an atheist has never walked out on a class that has mentioned evolution or intelligent design)
“So I think there’s a very, very pernicious influence that is lasting up to the university years. That must be coming from certain schools.” He said that he noticed the “utterly deplorable” effect they were having first hand after visiting a Muslim school in Leicester as part of a documentary he made last year called Faith Schools Menace? “Every single person I met believes if there is any disagreement between the Koran and science, then the Koran wins,” he said. “I spoke to a group of girls, and to a senior science teacher who believes the world is 6,000 years old. “It’s just utterly deplorable. (Pompous a$$!)
These are now British children who are having their minds stuffed with alien rubbish.” Mr Dawkins said he was not so worried about the expansion of faith schools if they were the kind that “vaguely” have a kind of Church of England-style assembly. (Schools that are not doing a very good job of instilling the faith, he could be meaning Catholic Schools, at least British ones)
But he was holding “his fire” for the ones that are teaching “total nonsense”. “There is a difference between faith schools which just vaguely have a kind of Church of England assembly and faith schools that actually teach nonsense like this school in Leicester,” he said.
Mr Dawkins, who last year said he was thinking about setting up an atheist school, does, however, see the value of teaching religion but only as a way of putting the modern world into context. He said it was important to learn for example about the Greek Gods to appreciate the poetry of Keats, the Norse Gods to relate to Wagner, and Judaism and Christianity to understand literature.
The fellow of New College, Oxford, said the lessons like his new book – The Magic of Reality – (Ahhhh, I get it…. this is about selling books, not ideology or an exchange of ideas. Very clever Mr D, you sucked me into reading the article!)should teach children about the thousands of myths from around the world which were part of education to learn. “I do think it valuable to teach comparative religion as a sort of anthropological study and that’s sort of what all my comparative myths in The Magic of Reality are about,” he said.
“If there’s one thing I wanted to do in the book, it was that I don’t want to downgrade myths, but the science is even more wonderful,” he said.
The Magic of Reality is published by Bantam Press priced £20.
I wouldn’t spend my money on this trash. I suppose he will still sell plenty without my money. Normally I wouldn’t even bother to blog about what this learned and respected intellectual has to say. (OK, I admit, that smelled like sarcasm – sorry) (OK I admit, my “sorry” smelled like sarcam too- sorry)
I am disturbed by something he said that may have fallen between the cracks while people were busy ooooing and awwwing over his brilliance.
I am afraid that many of our Catholic schools in the United States would easily fall into the “benign” category when it comes to instilling faith that can last into the college years. Whatever the Muslims are doing in this area, …. I’m just saying….. ya know?
Of course, if one keeps the faith for fear of being stoned to death by their husbands or fathers…. I’m just saying….. ya know?