Wednesday, July 25

Religious Indoctrination via "Vacation Bible School"

On my Facebook feed this morning, a number of acquaintances (from an earlier time in my life) had posted photographs about something known as "Vacation Bible School". If you're unfamiliar with this, Vacation Bible School is typically a week-long program offered by local churches, full of activities, dramatic skits, snacks, and other fun stuff that kids love. It's all centered around efforts to 'win' children to Christ. Seeing these photos of children having fun under false pretenses made me so sad, and just a bit angry. It's propaganda, it's deceptive, and it's nothing more than an attempt to indoctrinate young, impressionable minds before they've had the chance to develop the ability to think critically.

Richard Dawkins, of course, has much to say on the subject.