Mr. Bumblebee recently published a blog entry on the subject of parenting in general and fathering in particular. He was kind enough to mention me by name, which still has me blushing so red that I am worried that I will be mistaken for an airway beacon.
On the substance of his entry, I agree with most of what he says. As to the dilemma he raises about whether or not to teach one's children "to go along or get along," this, as he points out, a difficult question. It is a question of circumstances. As The Sarkeesian Effect shows, 2016 is a time wherein publicly standing for one's principles can get one unemployed and unemployable. The best solution I can offer, one which may not be practical, is to do what Germans who resisted the National-Socialist regime did, which was speaking the truth about the viciously amoral nature of the regime behind closed doors while not seeking a direct confrontation with Sarkeesian/Full McIntosh's proxies at Full Erdogan social media sites or EmotionallyDisturbedStudents1950-dominated campuses. Yes, as evinced in the Thunderf00t video I embedded in my previous entry, two brave student journalists did mount an Isandlwana against Melissa Click's SJW stormtroopers, and Click has now been charged with assault. That being said, no one can guarantee that children who espouse pro-freedom views publicly will end up on the winning side.
The other thing I can offer is my main point from my previous entry that resistance can take on many forms, including many little forms of defiance. For example, Sophie Scholl and the rest of the White Rose directly confronted the National-Socialists by distributing leaflets condemning the regime, condemning specifically the regime's massacre of the Jews. They were all arrested the same day, tortured and then beheaded four days later. In contrast, the Kreisau Circle met in secret and discussed, not only the depravity of the regime, but what they would do to rule Germany in the eventuality that that the regime was replaced. Many of the Kreisau Circle were executed in the mass slaughter that followed the 20, July 1944 Attentat, but they came to the attention of the Gestapo for reasons that were tangential, at best, to their secret discussions. As well, some Kreisau resisters, namely Freya von Moltke and Marion Yorck von Wartenburg, as well as Annedore Leber, who was connected to Kreisau via her husband, EKI winner Julius Leber, survived the war.
As well, 1930's Reichsheer (German Army) Chief of Staff Generaloberst Ludwig Beck opposed Hitler's plans to invade Austria and Czechoslovakia in writing. He did not include any moral arguments in his memorandae because he knew that Hitler would immediately laugh any moral argument out of consideration at the outset. Instead, Generaloberst Beck, who had won the EKI in the First World War and who opposed Hitler's hobbyist wars on moral grounds, wrote, with the intention that what he wrote would come to Hitler's notice, that Hitler's planned campaigns would lead to military catastrophe. (Unfortunately for Generaloberst Beck, Neville Chamberlain and Eduard Daladier, instead of fighting Hitler, appeased him.) As well, the Swing Youth and the Edelweiss Pirates resisted the National-Socialists by low key defiance rather than by direct confrontation with moral arguments. The full range of German resistance to the National-Socialist regime is detailed in this comprehensive history.
Long story short, as is said in the Hollywood movie Swing Kids (about the Swing Youth, starring a young Christian Bale), "Hitler Youth by day, Swing Youth by night!"
The point on which I disagree with Mr. Bumblebee is the one wherein he says "Either you are teaching your child to demand evidence or you are not." Mr. Bumblebee says this within the context of warning one's children that current organised atheism can be as doctrinal and non-rational as religion. I disagree with the argument that religion on the one hand, and science/reason on the other, are mutually exclusive. Before I explain why this is, some disclaimers are necessary.
As I have said before, I regard religious practice in the exact same manner that I regard sexual practice (and, for that matter, manspreading.) Long story short, as long as it does not break the law or otherwise bother anyone outside, I could not care less what you do in your place of worship or place of boom-boom. I am not the one who invented this view of religious practice. Many a Lodge of many an Order has a rule that religion and politics are not to be discussed within the Lodge. The rules of some of these Lodges have become enshrined in the bodies of laws of several Western countries so as, in some cases, to be indistinguishable from elements of a country's Constitution or other form of Basic Law.
Now, onto the topic of religion and science/reason not being mutually exclusive. For one thing, Freemasonry requires that its members both believe in a Great Architect of the Universe and promote the ideals of the Enlightenment. One cannot be a Mason and be an atheist simultaneously. Theistic Freemasons founded the British Royal Society, an organisation whose aim is specifically to promote science. As well, Theistic Masons who have been scientists include
Alexander Boden (1913-1993)
Australian chemist and author.
(1890-1974) MIT electrical engineer.
Erasmus Darwin. (1732-1802)
physician, botonist and a Founder of the Royal Society.
Harold Eugene Edgerton (1903-1990) professor of electrical engineering, MIT.
Sir Alexander Fleming (1881-1955), inventor of penicillin.
Sir Sandford Fleming (1827-1915)
creator of first Canadian stamp and standard time.
Edward Jenner (1749-1823)
physician, discoverer of smallpox vaccine.
William Worrall Mayo (1819-1911)
surgeon and founder of St Mary’s Hospital, Rochester
William James Mayo (1861-1939)
surgeon and founder of Mayo Clinic [Denslow says not]
Charles Horace Mayo (1865-1939)
surgeon and founder of Mayo Clinic
Jacques and Joseph Montgolfier
inventors of the hot air balloon.
Jacob Perkins (1766-1849)
mechanical engineer and inventor; printed first penny postage stamp in 1840.
James F. Smathers
inventor of the electric typewriter, Gate City Lodge No 522, Kansas City.
James Watt. (1736-1819)
inventor of the steam engine and Fellow of the Royal Society.
|Banks, Sir Joseph - English Scientist|
|Colt, Samuel - firearms inventor|
|Desaguliers, John Theophilus - Inventor of the planetarium|
|Fitch, John - inventor of the steamboat|
|Gatling, Richard J. - built the "Gatling Gun"|
|Guillotin, Joseph Ignace - Inventor of the "Guillotin"|
|Hoe, Richard M. - invented the rotary press, revolutionizing newspaper printing|
|Lake, Simon - built first submarine successful in open sea.|
|Michelson, Albert Abraham - Successfully measured the speed of light in 1882|
|Papst, Charles F. - Coined the term "Athletes Foot"|
|Poinsett, Joel R. - U.S. Minister to Mexico who developed the flower: Poinsettia|
|Pullman, George - built first sleeping car on train.|
|Sarnoff, David - father of television|
|Sax, Antoine Joseph - invented the saxophone|
|Spilsbury, Sir Bernard - English Scientists|
As well as
|Aldrin, Edwin E. - Astronaut; second man on the moon|
|Armstrong, Neil - Astronaut; first man on the moon|
|Cooper, Gordon - astronaut|
|Eisle, Don - Astronaut|
|Glenn, John H. - Astronaut, and U.S. Senator|
|Grissom, Virgil - Astronaut|
|Haise, Fred - astronaut|
|Michell, Ed - Astronaut|
|Shirra, Wally - astronaut|
|Stafford, Tom - astronaut|
As well, there is HRH, King Abdullah II of Jordan (below, in a blue Starfleet science ossifer's uniform between Neelix and Ensign Kim)
I certainly understand why anyone would be an atheist given the hyper-vocality of fundamentalist Christians in America who forced evolution out of public schools and replaced it with creationism. That being said, as the differential between HRH King Abdullah of Jordan on the one hand and ISIS fundamentalist partisans on the other shows, not all religious people think or feel alike, something which is as true of Christianity as it is of Islam. Admittedly, this is more difficult to perceive in America than it is in Ulster.
In America, as historian Dominc Sandbrook shows in Mad As Hell, official Protestant churches, like Anglicanism/Episcopalianism and Official Presbyterianism (as opposed to Ian Paisley's cult, Free Presbyterianism) largely fell by the wayside in the 1970's as fundamentalist Christians took over in reaction to the 1960's. As well, as the late, great Sam Huntington pointed out in Who Are We?, Roman Catholicism in America succeeded in infiltrating polite society by behaving like Protestants. Sure, NORAID enclaves like Boston and New York still exist and if you interact with inhabitants of said enclaves while being Protestant/related to or descended to Protestants, you will get nasty looks and words your way. The difference is that NORAID is clever enough not to bomb, shoot and otherwise murder Protestants in North America, which is why it took the US Government over thirty years to outlaw the IRA (which was finally done in March 2001, one of George W. Bush's best accomplishments and why it is unfair to view him as if Iraq was all he ever did.)
Long story short, in the United States, official Protestantism has largely withered away, unable to compete with Christian fundamentalism. Furthermore, since NORAID does not systematically murder official Protestants in America, official Protestants in America are not under existential threat.
In Ulster, all Protestants are still under constant threat of murder by the IRA. Official Protestants defend their faith with the same vigour with which they defend their physical existence against omnipresent SF/IRA violence. They have been betrayed by the late and unlamented Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party which, for decades, condemned the IRA and the Vatican--only to shack up with them when they saw that doing so could get them into government.
(Above left, the late and unlamented Ian Paisley. Above right, high-ranking Vatican official)
(Above right, Paisley's usurper/successor Peter Robinson. Above left, high-ranking Vatican official)
That being said, the Sinn Fein/IRA/Vatican-loving Democratic Unionist Party--which, much like the Vatican it once condemned, opposes homosexuality and abortion--does not represent all of Protestantism. Unlike the DUP, the moderate Ulster Unionist Party--which is not officially Protestant in the sense that there is no religious test for membership but which is Protestant in the sense that it supports the Union with the British Crown and opposes incorporation into the Vatican protectorate that is the South--opposes religious discrimination of any kind in hiring teachers and opposes discrimination against gay men who wish to donate blood. The Ulster Unionist Party's opposition to a religious test for teachers suggests that they have no problem with the teaching of evolution in science classes.
Likewise, although Geli Merkel's CDU/CSU is the successor to the pre-1933 Catholic Zentrum Party, it does not advocate SF/IRA-type terrorism. Indeed, Merkel pursues an anti-Russian policy that is essentially her version of GeneralPlan Ost, in defiance of the Pope.
The problem in North America as a whole is that there is no equivalent of the moderate Ulster Unionist Party or the CDU/CSU to show that Protestantism in particular and Christianity in general is not entirely represented by DUP-style extremists who oppose homosexuality and the teaching of evolution. That being said, not all Protestants and not all Christians oppose science, reason and homosexuality.
On a comically related note, one of the boyosphere's most garrulous luminaries is openly Roman Catholic. Said boyosphere luminary goes all around social media saying "Atheist opposition to Catholicism is basically just recycled 1600's Protestant opposition to Catholicism." This is hilarious because it shows that said boyosphere luminary thinks that Protestant opposition to Roman Catholicism was something confined to the 1600's. This is untrue. 2016 Protestant opposition to Catholicism is not merely doctrinal. It has a lot more to do with things like Kingsmill, Warrenpoint, Enniskillen and Omagh, as well as said boyosphere luminary's countryman and co-religionist "Stakeknife." Then again, the boyosphere say "never trust a leftist" and then turn around to get their "functionalist school of history" from known Frankfurt School associate Jürgen Habermas.