For those of us concerned about child abuse there is this: There’ll be no tent for God at Camp Dawkins. Oh how utterly ironic that the architect of the religious label = child abuse meme is starting a camp of his own. Of course the true believers who send their little ones to this camp are hopeful on the indoctrination issue:
Crispian Jago, an IT consultant, is hoping the experience will enrich his two children.
“I’m very keen on not indoctrinating them with religion or creeds,” he said this weekend. “I would rather equip them with the tools to learn how to think, not what to think.”
But there is also this:
While afternoons at the camp will involve familiar activities such as canoeing and swimming, the youngsters’ mornings will be spent debunking supernatural phenomena such as the formation of crop circles and telepathy. Even Uri Geller’s apparent ability to bend spoons with his mind will come under scrutiny.
Debunking supernatural phenomenon heh. Most assuredly this will be done by teahing children how to think rather than what to think.
And there is this objective appraisal:
“We are not trying to bash religion, but it encourages people to believe in a lot of things for which there is no evidence.”
No evidence. Beware when people cite an absolute value like zero as an evidentiary descriptor. Even when I disagree I tend to be more generous with my opponents but then again I'm more objective too. But what is the evidence that sustains the position that there is no God?
Oh well, there is this too:
While afternoons at the camp will involve familiar activities such as canoeing and swimming…
So let's hope for the best. For the sake of preventing child abuse of course.