Religious education is a self-contradictory concept. Multiculturalism is too. Perhaps, then, we shouldn’t be too surprised when one of Britain’s state schools, where the aforementioned contradictions in terms are the height of fashion, sends out a letter like this little gem; read it and weep:
[I doff my cap to the Libertarian Alliance]
Of course we all know in advance which “other religion” we’re talking about here – it’s never Jainism or Wicca is it?– and the head teacher, Mrs Small, who undersigned the letter, (a classic example of the Peter Principle in action) gave the game away to the Telegraph:
“We are a mainly Christian school, but we have to cover at least one other religion as part of the national curriculum. This visit is part of that.
“They would not be taking part in any religious practices. We have had similar workshops on a variety of religions in the past – including one on Islam with no problems at all and the children have absolutely loved it.
“We have pupils and teachers at the school who belong to the Islam faith and it is right for the children to understand and appreciate their faith as well as their own.”
It’s incredible that a school is prepared to write letters home to parents accusing them of racism, on the basis of no evidence whatsoever, a sin for which their children will be punished: How very “Abrahamic”! And that 10 year olds are being bussed to ex-polytechnics to be spoon fed inane platitudes about that nice man Mr Mohammed. But what’s worse is that people like this Mrs Small, who think that “appreciating faith” has any place in education, continue to be given license to teach? Faith, by definition, is antithetical to learning.
Unfortunately Mrs Small and her ilk are beyond help in casting off the mental shackles of the state doctrine of multiculturalism: Where people are all neatly categorized, based on whichever victim-group they belong to by accident of birth, and whose limits they cannot transcend. Just savour the last line of the above quotation, and all that it entails: “We have pupils and teachers at the school who belong to the Islam faith”. In Britain, in 2013, we have teachers who subscribe to the notion that a child can “belong” to a tribal dogma which originated with an iron-age warlord in the Arabian-peninsula. When I read this kind of irrational, misanthropic drivel I feel like the boy in the Sixth Sense: I see brain-dead people. Walking around like regular people. They don’t see each other. They only see what they want to see. They don’t know they’re brain-dead.
How often do I see them?
All the time. They’re everywhere.