By Shannon Barber | 13 November 2014
The holidays are upon us, and what would it be without child actor turned fundamentalist Christian extremist Kirk Cameron weighing on what other people should do? Well, never fear, ladies and gentleman, because he doesn’t disappoint.
What, you might ask, has Cameron’s knickers in a twist this time? After all, Christmas is coming. ‘Tis the season when the entire nation is subjected to the biggest Christian holiday of the year, whether we want to be or not. Well, Mr. Cameron is not satisfied with the onslaught of holiday cheer that happens in public squares, malls, and everywhere else we can think of this time of year. He wants the Christian holiday recognized in public schools as well, and is upset that a Maryland school board has removed all religious holidays from the winter vacation calendar.
Cameron says that “education is inherently religious,” and that removing Christmas is wrong.
In an interview on Fox and Friends, Cameron said:
“Look, it’s Washington, D.C. I mean,we already know that this city had a reputation of being godless. And so, I think it makes sense to most Americans that if they’re going to take Christmas off the calendar, well, if the Grinch showed up actually in a city, it would probably be that city.”
So, now, we’re resorting to referencing children’s stories to make our points? Okay. well, he didn’t stop there. He continued, saying that “heartland” Americans celebrate Christmas:
“We give [our kids] presents and we say, ‘Merry Christmas.’”
Plenty of people celebrate Christmas, Mr. Cameron. I’m an atheist and I celebrate Christmas. Probably not in a way of which you’d approve, but I celebrate nonetheless. I’m no grinch.
Of course, the hosts of Fox and Friends egged him on. Ainsley Earhardt asked:
“What do you think about the minority affecting the majority?”
“Well, we’re talking about education, and I think problem is that education is inherently religious. What is an education that doesn’t address ultimate questions like, who are we? Why are we here? What’s the meaning of life? And so, if you try to pull religion or faith out of schools, you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place.”
Well, those are questions that are usually, at least, partly, covered by science. The rest is up to each individual, and it is not up to the state to impose one set of ideals above all others onto impressionable children in public schools about such things. In fact, the law forbids it.
In the end, though, Cameron said what most secularists have been saying to people who wish their children to have a religious education for eons, which is that “private education” is the solution. Hallelujah! I agree with Kirk Cameron on something. Well, even a broken clock is right twice a day, eh? Yes, Mr. Cameron. If religious people want their kids to have a religious education, they should send them to private religious schools. That is the solution. Religion has no place in public education. And, since we agree there, I’ll appease you. Merry Christmas.
Watch the clip from Fox and Friends below:
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