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School Children Protest Against Abortion

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Look what happened in my home state today:

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Kids from a local Christian school protesting against a bill that increases rights to abortion. Kids. School children. Protesting abortion. Please tell me this is a joke.

These are primary school kids. They probably don’t even know where babies come from yet!! How on earth could they possibly understand an issue as complex and sensitive as abortion??

It seems pretty clear that these kids are being exploited by their parents and their school. If my own experience of a Christian school is anything to go by, they wouldn’t have heard the other side of the abortion argument. They won’t have had the chance to develop an informed opinion on the subject. They’re children for goodness sake!! My own experience of abortion education in a Christian school went something like this: ABORTION IS WRONG. ABORTION IS MURDER. NO OTHER VIEW IS ACCEPTABLE. It would be very difficult for a primary school child to resist the comprehensive brainwashing Christian schools put them through on this topic.This is something that makes me very sad and I hope they are able to think about this issue more critically in the future.

I’ve been told that the kids weren’t forced to participate, but honestly, what nine year old is going to stand against their teachers, school, parents and peers? What nine year old is going to disagree with them on an issue they’re so passionate about? What nine year old is going to opt to stay in class when they could be outside with their friends at Parliament House? And if a child did do this, imagine the social exclusion they would experience from then on. Children should be playing and frolicking and learning! Not participating in complex moral and political debate. Also, the fact that these kids are at a private Christian school suggests that they’ve probably had a reasonably financially secure upbringing and a mum and dad there to look after them. They would not know much at all about the plight of the pregnant, income-less, single teenage girl (for example) and yet they feel that they can tell her what to do with her own body and her own future. It’s just not right, and it’s not their fault.

However, I do recognise that children have a right to protest and participate in democracy, but surely it’s not right for them to get involved in an issue like this. At least not until they have had a well rounded sex education.

Schools are meant to be about helping kids to think critically and independently. They should be about showing them different view points and letting them evaluate them. They should not be about this. Not at all.

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Religion, War, and Malala

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I have been thinking about the role of religion in war torn countries lately, as I have recently become a volunteer tutor for refugee high schoolers and religious extremism has caused some of them to flee their countries. I think it’s interesting that they still believe in the religion that has caused them so many difficulties. I don’t understand this, but it is okay. I feel completely inspired by these students. Despite all the difficulties they have been through, they are rising above it and working on their education.

Malala Yousafzai is a personal hero of mine. She is a strong Muslim, I am an atheist. But this is okay. She may not know it, but she is fighting for my cause. Education teaches you to think critically and once you got that happening, atheism is the natural conclusion. Or at least it was for me. I can’t believe that she is still holding onto this religion that caused her to get shot, the religion that’s tearing apart countries, terrorising people and opposing the very thing she is fighting for.

Education and development go hand in hand, as it seems, does atheism and development. Highly developed countries such as Sweden and Norway, tend to have high levels of atheism. There seems to be a strong relationship between atheism, development and education.

Keep fighting, Malala. For human rights, for development and for education.

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[UPDATE] WARNING: This article includes strong cases of satire and sarcasm. If you do not understand those two concepts, do not continue reading and go purchase a dictionary immediately.

There has been a lot of talk going around lately about the issues of gay rights, and human equality, and the sanctity of marriage, and blah, blah, blah.

As a REAL AMERICAN, I’m about to lay down the facts for you as to why gay marriage SHOULD NOT be legal. Here are the top 10 reasons why gay marriage is wrong:

 

1. It’s Not Natural

Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

 

2. Other People Will Be Gay

Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

 

3. It Will Lead To Other Crazy Behavior

Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

 

4. Marraige Isn’t Open To Change

Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all. Women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

 

5. The Sanctity of Marriage Will Be Broken

Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed. The sanctity of Britney Spears’ 55-hour-just-for-fun and Kim Kardashian’s 72-day-highly-profitable marriage would be destroyed.

 

6. Marriage Should Produce Children

Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.

 

7. Gay Parents = Gay Kids

Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

 

8. It Is Not Supported By Religion

Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.

 

9. A Male And Female Role Model Is Required

Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why we as a society expressively forbid single parents to raise children.

 

10. It Will Change the Foundation Of Society

Gay marriage will change the foundation of society. We could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the downfall economy, or longer life spans.

From: http://www.theotherteam.com/top-10-reasons-why-gay-marriage-is-wrong/

There you have it! Gay marriage is evil.

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