Just How Much Control Over Their Children’s Thought Are Parents Entitled To?

In reply to yesterday’s open philosophical question whether a Swedish law banning any school, even private ones, from indoctrinating students by teaching their religious tenets as truths (with the ulterior motive of undermining Islamic schools’ abilities to radicalize their students), Mary Young makes a rigorous and eloquent case against such bans well worth highlighting (and [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]

Sundaily Hilarity: Indonutration

via Everything Is Terrible, this was hilarious: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Seeing God Like Seeing Different Colors, Or How Beliefs Change The Brain

One of The Daily Dish readers posed an exceptionally provocative hypothesis: An interesting angle you haven’t mentioned concerns how belief systems concretely affect the development of the brain. People raised in cultures with distinct words for certain color tones see them more clearly than those in which just one word suffices (the most well-known example [Read More...]

Should Atheists Raise Their Kids As Atheists

Jen, an atheist blogger, makes an interesting case why not to and what should be done instead: Steve and I were both raised in secular families. Our parents didn’t go to church, didn’t talk about religion, didn’t explicitly teach us anything about God or Christianity, didn’t force some sort of belief system on us. So [Read More...]


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