U.S. Religious Zealots Sneak Into Scottish Schools Without Parents’ Knowledge to ‘Help’ With Lesson Plans

U.S. Religious Zealots Sneak Into Scottish Schools Without Parents’ Knowledge to ‘Help’ With Lesson Plans.

“British newspaper the Daily Record just revealed that a U.S.-dispatched group of Christians, affiliated with the Church of Christ, has been helping out in Scottish schools. Head teacher Sandra MacKenzie (pictured below) of the 400-pupil Kirktonholme Primary School in East Kilbride knew what the missionaries were up to — the paper says she even invited them – but the kids’ parents were left in the dark. They only realized what was happening when their children came home with Creationist books they had been given at assembly. “

 

I recommend reading the rest a U.S. Religious Zealots Sneak Into Scottish Schools Without Parents’ Knowledge to ‘Help’ With Lesson Plans.

Let’s be clear about a couple of things…

I’m okay with religion, I’ll happily give a spirited defence of someone’s belief in a supreme being. I’m more uneasy with the idea of presenting religion to children before they have shown an ability to distinguish between differing philosophies. I’m very uneasy about religion being presented as fact. I’m generally incensed by the idea of religion flat out contradicting scientific evidence.

To give the balanced view – this is external group helping out at a presumably short-staffed school, who handed out some books on Monday, presumably the teachers at the school, had a quick glance at them (the article commically mentions a parent saying “They looked fair enough at a glance and one had a dinosaur on the front”) and though ‘isn’t it lovely that these volenteers even bring materials for kids’) So I’d like to hesitate a little before we take torches and pitchforks to the teachers.

The thing that sticks in my mind here, is that when I was at a (Catholic) primary school, my class was given a copy of the New Testament each. If this Christian school in predominately Christian Scotland had given each kid a little copy of the bible, which (read literally) includes a range of things on which children can ask awkward questions of their parents, then I don’t believe that parents, papers or public would have batted an eye. You can certainly imagine a confused North American Missionary being deeply mistifed by the idea that the UK is fine with Leveticus, but fiercely objects to putting the message of gensis into a children’s book…

Orginal story in this piece…

 

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