Monday, June 29, 2009

Dawkins' Camp for Atheists

Richard Dawkins has started a summer camp for atheists, in which he will teach them, instead of evolution. Lois Rogers, in the Times Online, writes:

While their friends jet off to Spain or the Greek islands, the siblings will be hunting for imaginary unicorns in Somerset, while learning about moral philosophy. The Jagos, from Basingstoke, Hampshire, are among 24 children who will be taking part in Britain’s first summer camp for atheists.

The five-day retreat is being subsidised by Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and author of The God Delusion, and is intended to provide an alternative to faith-based summer camps normally run by the Scouts and Christian groups.

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.”

That last sentence is pretty amusing since some of the greatest thinkers of the last two thousand years were believers in God. Wait for creationist groups to pounce on this one. Fish? Barrel?

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