In a hugely controversial move, the Swedish government has moved to ban teaching religious doctrine in schools as if it were true.
Well butter my buns & call me a biscuit; here’s something I never did think I’d see. Sweden’s population is about 50% atheist, but this legislation is widely rumored to be aimed at religious fundamentalists, not the generally religious portion of the citizenry. According to the article:
There is little doubt that combating Islamic fundamentalism is the underlying aim, especially in conjunction with another new requirement that all independent schools declare all their funding sources. This would allow the inspectors – whose budget is being doubled – to concentrate their efforts on those schools most likely to be paid to break the rules.
In the background to these announcements comes the release of a frightening documentary film on Swedish jihadis, which follows young men over a period of two years on their slow conversion to homicidal lunacy.
The trailer for the documentary “Aching Heart” is absolutely chilling. The young man wearing a ski mask and holding an automatic weapon makes it clear he views himself as a holy warrior. At some point, someone will have to explain to me with clear, credible reasoning why these religions that preach love and tolerance always end up killing people for the not-really-all-that-horrible sin of not believing the same thing they do. I don’t care what religion; you are not a “warrior for god.” Once you start killing people, you’re a homicidal maniac.
Is this, then, the only recourse? While I personally find Sweden’s decision grounded in reason and logic, there are plenty of people who will view it as a deep insult to their culture and history. Is there really no other way to remove fundamentalism? And will this move not result in the opposite effect; religious fundamentalists fighting harder than ever to take what they see as their rightful place? Knowing my countrymen as I do, I cannot see a time in my future in which this would be a viable option for my nation. Hell, people get angry when someone tells them “happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas,” and that’s just at the damn store. Tell them they can’t have their sky fairy taught in religious schools as fact? May as well go to the White House and press the button yourself.
I will be following this story with interest.