Sunday, December 02, 2007

A taste of their own medicine

It's not uncommon to hear the religious right say that atheism is immoral and then cite Hitler (a figure who became hostile to organized religion but who was not an atheist) as proof that atheism is inherently dangerous. Given that the religious right also likes to argue that public schools are indoctrinating children in the atheistic "religion" of secularism, you might want to have the following quote handy the next time someone says that secular public education is the road to Evil:

"Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have 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 ... we need believing people." - Adolf Hitler, April 26, 1933 in a speech prior to the Nazi-Vatican Concordat

The Nazis, however, turned their education system first and formost into a means of inculcating the ideology of National Socialism. This is hardly a goal of either secular or religious education.

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