Granted, it's a few days old, as I've been otherwise engaged, and it's not very interesting mail, but it is, indubitably, mail. According to Bob Hutton—and I quote—I "will love this." He then provides a link to his blog. Not a blog-entry, you understand. His entire blog. And that's it.
I'm going to assume that he meant to point me at his latest waste of effort. It's just that Bob's grasp of nineteen-nineties technology (you know; interweb links an' stuff) is rather weak. I long-ago asked Bob to stop spamming my email when he makes new posts, but I guess he was so excited about having managed to string a few sentences together that he momentarily forgot that.
(And Bob, for what it's worth, I'm already subscribed to the RSS feed of your blatherings. I do not need a personal reminder whenever you spill your e-ink. I make comments at your blog about some of my posts here, because, in those cases, I have chosen to address your own posts, and letting you know that I've done so is the polite thing to do. I assume that if you wanted to know when I make any post about anything you would subscribe to my blog. Please Bob, enough with the spam, okay?)
So, okay, I'm in a fisking kinda mood, so let's have a look what the Broadstairs Buffoon has to say…
A generation ago when I attended school we were taught the lie of evolution, but most of our education was not "sinful". We were taught various life skills we would need after leaving school and which, generally speaking, have stood me in good stead.
However, it seems that the education system today is obsessed with humanism and political correctness rather than teaching kids what they really need to get on in life, (little wonder, then, that an increasing number of Christian parents are opting to home educate).
We'll ignore the "lie of evolution" part, though I'd purely love to see Bob's academic credentials, as it appears that he has good enough knowledge of various branches of biology, anthropology, geology, particle physics, palaeontology and a whole bunch of other sciences, that he can airily dismiss them all. The bloke must be a freakin' multi-disciplinarian genius!
(He's not a grammarian mind; as evidenced by the parenthesised part of that second paragraph, which should have been made a sentence in its own right.)
Here's the thing about humanism. Human beings exist, and have (what with being a social species an' all) to co-exist and interact with other human beings. Therefore developing codes of morals, of law, of social behaviour and so forth dealing with human interactions is a pretty damn-good idea, don't you think? And that would be (Yep, you guessed it!) humanism, of one form or another. Of course, Bob's not bothered about human interactions, apart from those instances he thinks are against the will of an unseen tyrant. Not understanding the difference between morality and abject submission to said tyrant, he thinks that any code of behaviour which addresses the practicalities of interactions between real beings is automatically wrong, as it inherently ignores the alleged commands of that unseen and unevidenced tyrant, or any version thereof. And there are many, many mutually-exclusive versions.
As for home-schooling: except in very special circumstances, it should be illegal. And even in those special circumstances, qualified teachers should be provided, and a state-approved curriculum followed.
Perhaps this is why so many are leaving school without being able to read more than the Sun "newspaper" and can barely even construct a coherent sentence. The tragedy of this situation is that, instead of being taught traditional subjects that kids need to learn, the emphasis is on poisoning their minds with unnatural sexual perversions (see Romans 1 v 26-27) – and woe betide anyone who dares to object or even state, however mildly, that the Word of God is against such filth.
Lots of words, Bob, but they say very little when examined.
I want to see your evidence for this dramatic drop in literacy.
I also want to see a reasonable definition of "unnatural."
I also want an explanation of why, provided you can give that definition, "unnatural" should automatically be considered "bad."
If you insist on bringing your god's word into discussion of what should be taught in schools, then I want, in this order,
- Good evidence in support of the conjecture that a god exists
- Good evidence in support of the conjecture that any existing god is the one you worship
- Good evidence that the Bible does, indeed, constitute a guide to the wishes of that god
- Good evidence that your interpretation of those wishes is correct
- Good evidence that your god is worthy of obedience in these matters
In other words, Bob, public policy should be based on evidence, not opinion. No, not even your opinion of what a god—who you repeatedly refuse to provide proof of—wants. And no, your quote from Romans 1 does not constitute proof of anything. It doesn't even, on your famed "literal" reading, claim to be the word of God, but rather claims to be the word of Paul; a man. If the Bible is to be taken literally, then why are you putting Paul's words into God's mouth, Bob?
These poor kids are having their minds warped and damaged by a state-sponsored emphasis on teaching the devil's agenda (and British taxpayers are pumping millions of pounds into all this!). What can be done to counteract this damage to these young minds? In other words, what is the antidote for this poison? The answer is simple – the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Please provide evidence that the devil exists, Bob.
Assuming you manage that, please explain how you know what his agenda consists of. (My current understanding of this is that it consists of a list entitled "Stuff Bob Doesn't Like." Feel free to prove me wrong.)
Also—and I'll allow you to cite the Bible on this, for the sake of argument—please explain just what it is that Jesus is our saviour from. I ask, because from my own reading, the person he's supposedly saving us from, in his human persona, is himself, in his God persona. First he threatens to punish us for doing things that, for the most part, are not harmful or wicked in any way, but are merely not to his taste, and then he offers to save us from his own capricious punishment provided we give him certain things he wants, like belief in him. Where I come from, that's known as a protection racket.
And here the fisking ends, because Bobby The Boy-Blatherer goes into his normal, rather sickening and definitely creepy, "I'm a friggin' hero for accosting children in the street" routine. Which, frankly, I'm running out of ways to take the piss out of.
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