Stop saying “atheist school”

Many individuals and organisations are persuading Richard Dawkins to open up an atheist, free school to counter the amount of applications expected from the religious.

Two moments thought will tell you that an atheist school could be one of two things: a place where atheism is taught and promoted as the truth, thus not free thinking, or a place where bias over beliefs is not tolerated, thus the closest thing to free thinking that exists.

A school set up by religious people could also be one of two things: a place where their religion is taught and promoted as the truth, thus not free thinking, or a place where bias over beliefs is not tolerated, thus the closest thing to free thinking that exists.

A bit like a normal school, which could be one of two things: a place where their religion or atheism is taught and promoted as the truth (though perhaps not officially allowed), thus not free thinking, or a place where bias over beliefs is not tolerated, thus the closest thing to free thinking that exists.

The conversation is obviously ridiculous. It’s a secular school which is needed, and able to be achieved by believer and non- alike.

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2 Responses to Stop saying “atheist school”

  1. leftoutside says:

    I agree with this completely.

    An atheist school is a bit of a misnomer, its hard to define something by what you’re not doing.

    I might be out and about in London on Saturday night, you about?

    • My girlfriend is going away the next day so I’m going to be in queens park and my flat throughout the day, but I’d love to see you again chap. I’ll DM you my number on Twitter.

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