You can hear yourself muttering under your breath, ''I wish you would go drown yourself, you pseudo-intellectual Gucci flea.'' They write letters to complain about the incorrectness of carols at the school and picket the Christmas tree. To not insult their religion, you must no longer follow yours. They yearn for the fallacy of a vacuum and they demand that you join them in that philosophical void.We can, of course, have debates about the rights and wrongs of singing Christmas carols in public schools. Is it a pernicious state endorsement of religion? Well, there's an argument for that. Or is it a bit of harmless tradition that no one need get too fussed about? Richard Dawkins, for one, might tend to think the latter. In any event, I'm not too worried about kids singing traditional songs ... not in the Australian context, at any rate.
But whatever you think, is it really a great idea for a senior politician to be going around publicly fantasising about a group of people whom he dislikes drowning themselves?
Good idea or not, I always appreciate good, comedic irreverence. Then again, if I were a politician, I'd be PR's worst nightmare.
I'm sure some of his best friends are atheists ...
Our "carols" are about gnomes getting drunk. Once again, the english-speakers of the world are just weird.
Songs about gnomes getting drunk sound like a great idea.
I think there is some room for debate on whether religiously-oriented carols are permissible in schools as a matter of tradition. I think the problem is when people get all indignant at even the suggestion that this might make some religious minorities feel excluded. One can be in favor of carols in schools without being flippant about it. It's an issue that demands some sensitivity, even if you come to the conclusion that some religiously-oriented carols are permissible.
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