I see that, despite the overwhelmingly positive submissions about the provision of secular ethics classes as an alternative to an hour of idleness for children whose parents don’t want them to sit through weekly religious indoctrination in school time, the NSW opposition has come out saying they will stop them if they are elected in March.
Fuckers (my apologies for the language, but I’m not sorry; this is the right situation in which to use a swear)
If parents want their children to attend Special Religious Education, they will still be able to. No change to SRE has been proposed. The change is that currently idle kids (and, I guess, kids whose parents agreed to SRE only in preference to idleness) will be occupied learning how to think about ethical problems.
How is that a bad thing??!?!!
Ok, that’s one thing, but let me take it slightly further: those opposed to these ethics classes are simply trying to take away choice and control over their kid’s upbringing, from any parent who doesn’t make the same choices they do. It does not affect their own children, but they want to dictate how the rest of us raise our children. That level of control by the State is appalling.
Chris Gardinder has written an excellent article in Punch about the intolerance of the churches on this issue.
- And I’m getting so sick of the hypocritical whingeing about SRE kids “missing out”: if they’ll miss out by attending SRE instead of ethics classes then SRE has no value (other than indoctrination) and should be ditched; if SRE does have value in moral instruction then SRE kids won’t miss out.
So shut the hell up, and stop trying to take away my choices as a parent.