Could We PLEASE Leave The Kids Out Of It??

Way high up on my list of pet peeves is children’s choirs where kids are trained sing vapid preachy platitudes.  Few things are more obnoxious sounding than a child’s programmed moralizing and it never sounds quite as ugly as when it takes the form of song.  So, really, I don’t care if they’re singing about religion or politics, when listening to children sing about adult matters they can’t possibly have reasoned judgments, all I hear through their voices are the sounds of adult brainwashers.  So, while I of course have no problem with the President giving a talk to kids and telling them to work hard in school, there’s really no need for stuff like this, which is manages to be awful on numerous levels:

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And I do agree, btw, that right wing outrage over this nonsense is quite misplaced and ridiculous for the sorts of reasons The Daily Show highlighted the other night.  But that still doesn’t make it any less creepy to me in principle.

But at least it’s not quite this horrifying:

To cleanse the palate, here are the haunting demonic voices of children used for good instead of evil for once, no children were harmed with political or religious brainwashing in the making of this song:

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.