***Update***: AxeGrrl informed me that there’s an older video of Björn speaking about his atheistic beliefs:
Here’s Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA, talking about the Swedish atheist bus campaign and why the country shouldn’t be mixing religion with schools:
Without thinking too much about it at the time, when I wrote the lyrics for Abba’s songs the message I wished to convey tallies well with campaigns launched recently by humanist organisations in the UK, US and Australia:
“There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”
Earlier this month the Swedish Humanist Association (Humanisterna) launched a similar campaign. And in light of the growing influence of religious schools in Sweden, the campaign could hardly be more timely.
A religious education makes it more difficult for children to form their own views on the world. It puts obstacles in their way that not all are capable of overcoming.
The headmasters also put it to me that there were plenty of famous free-thinking, prominent figures who had gone to Christian schools. But really this just annihilates their own argument. These people learned to be free thinkers despite, not because of, their Christian schooling.
I’ve resisted, but maybe I’ll finally go see “Mamma Mia” now…
(Thanks to Tony for the link!)