The renowned atheist, Richard Dawkins, recently stated something that is increasingly resonating with others:
· “There is a balancing act and you have to balance the rights of parents and the rights of children and I think the balance has swung too far towards parents,” he said. “Children do need to be protected so that they can have a proper education and not be indoctrinated in whatever religion their parents happen to have been brought up in.”
Well, what’s wrong with such a statement? Much! For one thing, religious liberty has enabled Western Civilization to thrive. It has given every family a sincere welcome, but now it is being taken away, and many are beginning to feel marginalized, even victimized. The nation that had once been their friend is now regarded as a deadly enemy – a threat to their family.
However, there is another problem with this statement. It fails to acknowledge a couple of crucial realities:
1. There is no alternative to the indoctrination of children. It will either be the parents or it will be the State. However, the State has a poor track record in caring for our children. State control also reduces choice and diversity.
2. The State also has its religion and values that it is militantly determined to inculcate, even around the backs of the parents.
State control is nothing short of oppression and disdain for the welfare of the children.