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   Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Religion and Schooling and Soldiering in the Faith

What do you make of this?
Here's a quote for you. I'd be interested in what people take from it, especially as it pertains to the current left/right divide.

Secular schools can never be tolerated because such a school has no religious instruction and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith. From our point of view as representatives of the state, we need believing people. A dark cloud called terrorism threatens us. We have need of soldiers, believing solders. Believing solders are the most valuable ones. They give their all. Therefore we will maintain the confessional schools in order to train believing people through the schools, but this depends upon having truly believing teachers, not by chance Liberals or Humanists or Atheists who do not stand fully by their religious faith, as teachers.

I've heard quite a few people speak out against secular schooling, and I know the opinion that morals cannot exist (or are meaningless) without religious faith or fear to back them up, is a popular one in right wing circles.
So is it really a huge leap to this sort of thinking? Would this be acceptable to a largish portion of the US citizenry?

a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air
As you might expect, I find this to be complete bullshit. All morality--whether it's based on religion, societal norms, or air--is relative. Any moron should be able to figure that out after reading a history book, so I cannot understand why ideas like this continue to persist so strongly.

Would this be acceptable to a largish portion of the US citizenry?
That's a scary question. Five years ago, I would have said no way. But I'm becoming increasingly aware of those red states out there, and it makes me afraid of the answer to this question.
The quote is Mein Kampf. People tend to forget that rampant relgiousity was another key plank of the fasicst platform.
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