The only thing worse than when Fundamentalist Christians and Conservative Muslims fight with each other, is when they team up.
Case in point, the latest outburst of stupidity over the province of Ontario’s unjustly-controversial new curricular policies. This time, at least, the complaining parents appear to be refraining from the old “my child is too stupid to understand basic facts about the world” meme, but they retain their belief in that awful notion that children are somehow extensions of their parents:
The father of two — he has a son in Grade 4 and a daughter in Grade 1 — wants the board to “acknowledge my inherent parental rights to direct the spiritual and moral education of my children,” he told CBC News.
“I’m not an extremist, but I must ensure that my children abstain from certain activities that may include lessons which promote views contrary to our faith.”
Now of course, I can make a few observations here. First of all, as is always the case when parents talk about the faith of their children, what they actually mean is the faith that they themselves have, which they think that they have an inherent right to impose upon another person (i.e, their children).
Secondly, whenever someone begins a sentence with a statement like “I’m not an extremist, but…” or “I’m not a racist, but…”, I find that my bullshit detector invariably gets activated. So, with that in mind, let’s see what these horrible lessons which will lead to Sin and Calumny are:
(Of course, when they say they’re “teaching homosexuality,” what they in fact mean is that they’re teaching that gay people exist, and that they should be respected as Human Beings. Apparently not walking around with an unjustified, religiously motivated sense of heterosupremacism is objectionable to the father in question.)
(Okay, I’ve said it before and I will say it again: if your religion motivates you to deny basic facts of reality, then it is time to get a new religion because your current one is broken)
(I can’t wait to see how he treats his daughter in ten years)
and “environmental worship”
(“Environmental Worship” is of course, Redneck for “not deliberately trashing the only planet we have, thus reducing it to smouldering, uninhabitable wasteland.”)
The education board has politely recommended that the parents in question try homeschooling their children. The parents, of course, are now whining about condescension, but to me, the school board’s suggestion seems like a very wussy, milquetoasty reply that goes nowhere near far enough.
I mean…I’m not an extremist, but it seems to me like deliberately denying children access to basic information about the world in which they live on account of your own sick desire to dominate their thoughts and opinions is a fairly severe form of child abuse. Personally, I think that the every single person who has signed the petition should receive a visit from child and family services.