Reykjavik, Iceland – The government of this small North Atlantic country is instructing all kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers to teach that science and religion are inherently incompatible. Students will be instructed that even though a person has religious beliefs and engage in scientific work, that very same person is either doing science and/or religion incorrectly.
The Science Protection Act
The Icelandic legislature recently passed The Science Protection Act (TSPA). The bill passed with a 60-3 vote, and Prime Minister Andrew Karnard signed it into law shortly thereafter.
“This is a great day for our country,” Prime Minister Kanard said. “We will protect future generations from the insidious nature of non-reality-based beliefs.”
The TSPA gives the Education Ministry 3 months to devise a lesson plan for school children of all ages. The guidelines are fairly broad, but are clear:
- Students will understand that just because science can not answer a question at this particular time doesn’t mean God did it.
- Science is a process and not merely a collection of facts.
- Truth is conditional. What we know to be true is based on measurable data and not thoughts, prayers, or deeply held beliefs.
- And for younger children, they will be taught that “God is an imaginary friend that many adults have. Unfortunately, they do not know he isn’t real.”
Critics Speak Out
The three lawmakers who voted against the new law are religious. Their main concern is that their churches will wither and die without the indoctrination of children.
“Religion is the glue that holds this society together,” one lawmaker said. “If we’re not careful we’ll end up like Denmark! And no one wants that to happen.”
The Danish embassy published a statement saying it has no imperial designs on the minds of Icelandic youth.
The government of Iceland wants to point out their new policies are not anti-religious. Indeed, non-theistic faiths like some versions of Buddhism and The Satanic Temple are rational and humanistic. Students will learn that some religious communities are not mortal enemies of science.
“We’re hoping to send a clear message to our children,” Prime Minister Kanard said.
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