You hear a lot about “angry atheists” these days. Speaking personally, I see many more outrageous things being done in the name of religion today than there were 10 or 20 years ago. Take this story from the UK: Schools ‘avoid Holocaust lessons’
The Historical Association report claimed: “Teachers and schools avoid emotive and controversial history for a variety of reasons, some of which are well-intentioned.
“Staff may wish to avoid causing offence or appearing insensitive to individuals or groups in their classes.
“In particular settings, teachers of history are unwilling to challenge highly contentious or charged versions of history in which pupils are steeped at home, in their community or in a place of worship.”
The report gave the example of a history department in a northern city which decided not to teach the Holocaust as a topic for GCSE coursework.
It cited another school which taught the Holocaust, but then avoided teaching the Crusades because “balanced treatment” of the topic would have challenged what some local mosques were teaching.
Sounds familiar? Change “history” and “Holocaust” to “biology” and “evolution”. Reasons to be angry? You bet.
UPDATE: The full study can be found here. Ed Braytron has also been discussing this over at Dispatches from the Culture Wars, and getting some interesting comments.