OK Education Chief: “We Want The Bible In Schools”

  • “Instead of allowing Biden and the unions to inject their ideology through graphic pornography like ‘Gender Queer’ and “Flamer,’ we want the Constitution, we want the bible in our schools where kids understand our nation’s history and what has made this country great. The reality is that the bible is a foundational document in our country’s history. Read the Founders, read their letters, listen to what these men and women said about why founding a country with the freedom of religion, the free exercise of religion was so important.” – Oklahoma Education Superintendent Ryan Walters, today on Fox Business.

see https://www.joemygod.com/2023/07/ok-education-chief-we-want-the-bible-in-schools/

Draw Your Own Adventure Darth Harley Pattern Book (K-Gr 1)

Page One: Help Darth Harley Find God.

Page Two: Harley is looking for God.

Page Three: “Where are you God?” asks Harley.

Page Four. Harley looks under the table. “Where are you God?” asks Harley.

Page Five. Harley looks in the closet. “Where are you God?” asks Harley.

Page Six. Harley looks under the bed. “Where are you God?” asks Harley.

Page Seven. Harley looks in the fridge. “Where are you God?” asks Harley.

Page Eight. Harley looks in the basement. “Where are you God?” asks Harley.

Page Nine. Harley looks in the garage. “Where are you God?” asks Harley.

Page Ten. “God is good at Hide and Seek” says Harley. “I can’t find him anywhere.”

Curriculum Connections

Okay teachers, are you looking for some secularism lesson plan ideas? Try:

Exploring Secularism: A 15-week discussion curriculum for high school groups

AND

Young Skeptics:

Young Skeptics curriculum is open to the public and free to use. You’re welcome to customize it to fit your needs or use it as-is. Click each button to view or download the associated file. If you’ve created your own lessons and would like to share your content with them for other groups to use, please use similar formatting and send it to youngskeptics@outlook.com.

Karma will be with you in a minute. She’s just sharpening her sword.

Can You Guess What They Are Praying For?

In an election tonight, Democrat Senator Warnock beat challenger Republican Walker for the Georgia senate seat. Midway through the evening, it was really close, so the Walker rally held a prayer circle:

All the ballots were already cast, so try to guess what they were praying for …

How To Tell Your Family You Are An Atheist

New article from TIME:

  • Studies from the Pew Research Center have highlighted a “rapidly growing” group dubbed the “nones,” because they don’t identify with a religion. Largely made up of young people who were raised in a faith but later left it, the “nones” are changing how religion is seen in the U.S. And while not every single “none” is an atheist, it’s clear that the younger generations are disregarding religion at rates never seen before, and that more Americans than ever are going to have to inform their families that they don’t share their faith. With a stigma against atheists that often paints us as Satan worshipers or even worse, that task can be daunting for some non-believers.

See full article here: https://time.com/6128721/tell-your-family-you-are-an-atheist/

Diwali will be a public school holiday in New York City starting in 2023

  • The time has come to recognize over 200,000 New Yorkers of the Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain faiths who celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights,” Rajkumar, who introduced legislation to recognize Diwali, said in the press conference. She called Anniversary Day “an obscure and antiquated day,” as compared to Diwali, which is celebrated by a “growing number of New Yorkers.”

See: https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/20/us/diwali-nyc-public-school-holiday-trnd-reaj

QUESTION: As children become more and more acquainted with the diversity of RELIGIOUS points of view on life, will the understanding grow that a particular religion is just one voice among many?

Girls Protesting The Hijab

On 16 September 2022, a 22-year-old Iranian woman named Mahsa Amini died in hospital in Tehran, Iran, under suspicious circumstances, due to police brutality according to witnesses.

The Guidance Patrol, the morality police of Iran’s Law Enforcement Command, arrested Amini for not wearing the hijab in accordance with government standards. Eyewitnesses, including women who were detained with Amini, said she was severely beaten. These assertions, in addition to leaked medical scans,led independent observers to believe Amini had had a cerebral hemorrhage or stroke.

Amini’s death resulted in a series of large-scale protests across the country which garnered international attention, including a statement from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, putting a focus on violence against women in the Islamic Republic of Iran. (Wiki)

Grooming Minds: Indoctrination vs Argumentation

  • “Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man.” (Aristotle)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO6Yw5WiUYI
Has this above child been brainwashed into conservative fundamentalist Christianity?

Is difference between this above child and the more mild cases of religious upbringing of children we see  one of degree, or of kind.  Picture a child who is not vocal like this one, but holds similar or more mild conservative Christian views.

Here is a helpful analogy video on religious child grooming: inundating a child with just one kind of religion, excluding others and secularism:

How do the thought experiment analogies in the video above help us see religious upbringing in a different light?

BONUS: Thinking about logic and humor – have you ever noticed the connection between logical errors and humor?  Picture a reductio ad absurdum: a method of proving the falsity of a premise by showing that its logical consequence is absurd or contradictory. So: “The Earth cannot be flat; otherwise, we would find people falling off the edge.”  That people are not falling off the edge makes Flat Earth proponents false/wrong, seem silly, which is to say hilarious!  Question: Is the video of the conservative Christian preacher child above in the first video (i) not something we should care about, (ii) horrific, (iii) hilarious, or (iv) profoundly true?