* According to the Reverend Fred Nile.
Every kid across the country has access to special religious education in schools. It’s an opt in thing where their parents can send them to learn about Catholicism or Judaism or Islam or any denomination in between. And it’s perfectly lovely. But if you don’t want to do it? There’s no alternative. You just sit in another room somewhere and pretend to be a bookend or a potplant or something. Gold star! Considering you’re in school, this seems to be a massive waste of time when you could be, you know, learning.
What a novel idea indeed. I mean, why should our agnostic and atheist friends (or religious parents who just want their kids to learn something a bit different) be punished for being temporarily sacrilegious?
New South Wales tried to put a stop to that by introducing the alternative ‘ethics classes’ during a trial. But now Reverend Fred Nile (an MP with the Christian Democrat Party) wants to put a stop to it all by withholding his vote on Industrial Relations laws and forcing the Government to hold an ‘inquiry’ into whether our kids should be learning anything at all if they’re Godless fiends.
An inquiry. This must be pretty serious stuff so, without further ado, here are the reasons ethics classes will ruin our kids (and why they must be stopped!)
1. They will force our kids to think.
Everybody knows teaching our kids to think will eventually be our undoing. It’s a slippery slope this ‘thought’ business. First the young ones are asking apparently innocent questions about where clouds come from and the next moment they’re fashioning shivs and projectiles with their rudimentary knowledge of physics to cede control from the adults and install pinball machines in every room.
We know critical reasoning is a corruption of us all. Why waste all that time on figuring out why we think certain things and what the evidence (and reason) is for those thoughts when you can just listen to a few adults who apparently know better?
Critical reasoning has led to abominable things like almost all the science, which has plainly been of no benefit to anybody ever.
And that’s to say nothing of the minor influence it has had on our democracy and justice system.