Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Progress: "...The Entrails Of The Last Priest..."


The estimable Prof. Friedman, on ReligionClause, reports the following bit of good news (though it is likely to ratchet-up the pressure to depose Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez).
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
New Venezuela Education Law Eliminates Religious Education In Schools

Last week Venezuela's National Assembly passed a controversial new Education Law that impacts the teaching of religion in schools. According to a Catholic News Service report yesterday: "One clause of the new law, which covers all levels of education and both public and private institutions, requires education to have a 'lay character … in all circumstances' and leaves religious education to families." According to a report Saturday in the Miami Herald, the new law "gives a major role in education to the so-called 'communal councils,' which are community assemblies mostly dominated by the ruling Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela." Opponents who say the new law gives Hugo Chavez's central government too much control over schools say they will seek a referendum to overturn the law. (Emphases supplied. W.)

Why such a remarkably rational piece of legislation should be regarded as "controversial" is an open question. It is one of the accepted functions of the State to provide the means to acculturate children in the mores of the national culture. I do not believe the State--any State--should permit (much less be the sponsor of) any form of sectarian or even generalized religious indoctrination in public schools. I subscribe to the following dictum: "Treat your 'faith' as you do your genitalia: Keep it private til somebody asks..."

4 comments:

Charles D said...

The other unanswered question here is why the community assemblies are mostly dominated by the Unified Socialist Party. Could that possibly be because a majority of people in the community support that party? That's like saying we should not give local school boards influence over schools because they are dominated by Democrats.

jeg43 said...

I guess this means there are rational folks still to be found on our planet . . .

Woody (Tokin Librul/Rogue Scholar/ Helluvafella!) said...

Charles, everybody knows that if the word "Socialist" appears in any name, it is code for 'Nazis,' and we don't want Nazis in Venezuela, do we?

Rational...well, I have always admired the thoroughness with which, when given the chance, the indigenes in Latin America have cleansed themselves of priests...

destebanjr@hotmail.com said...

Obviously you people have no clue on what is actually happening in Venezuela. That particular piece of legislation not only gives the so called "Community assemblies" the duty to educate children, it gives them the right to separate them from their parents but 2 days a week (article 4 of the new law). All this from the age of 3 to 13. You ignorant people only see what you want to see. Would you be in favour of a law that allows a political party to take your children from you but at the same time doesn't support religion being taught in the schools? Please, be informed before supporting anything.
Oh and Woody, have you heard of Bartolome de las Casas? probably not you moron....