Re: Atheist Summer Camp For British Kids
Hmmm... interesting. I have my reservations with a Dawkins-affiliated camp naturally, since his stance on atheism is almost fundamentalist in nature. However, the objectives of the camp strike me as very legitimate. IMO, it's the the loaded words of the article writer - "budding atheists" etc contribute to the dogmatic feel of the camp.
I don't see anything wrong with educating kinds on critical thinking, rational skepticism, moral philosophy and evolutionary biology; in fact, it's applaudable. These are essential tools and knowledge even in the non-religious aspects of our lives - and it just so happens that people equipped with such tools and knowledge, and who use them, almost invariably turn out to be atheists or agnostics. Given the nature of skepticism, if the course were conducted right, none of the kids should end up holding fundamentalist atheistic beliefs. If they become atheists, they'll become working atheists who will readily change their minds should sufficient evidence for the existence of God emerge.
Equip the kids with these tools and let them decide.
A single flow'r he sent me, since we met./All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet - One perfect rose.
I knew the language of the floweret;/'My fragile leaves,' it said, 'his heart enclose.'
Love long has taken for his amulet/One perfect rose.
Why is it no one ever sent me yet/One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get/One perfect rose.