EXCERPT from  The Education of Young Humans  by Dennis Dunnum in VIVAcini! 19 Oct 2012

I want to follow up on our esteemed publisher’s
challenge to start taking the education of
our country’s children seriously (VIVAcini, 10/5).
Below are two articles taken from last week’s
news wherein religious/political leaders from
the world’s two most prevalent religions, make
known their feelings about “faith-based” education
for children.
I admit their comments made me furious.
Granted, these are very extreme examples of
Muslim and Christian reliance on ancient, outmoded
traditions, but we cannot deny that radical
elements of both of these faiths, and others,
are promoting the belief that their ideas of morality
should not only apply to their followers,
but must become civil law of the land for ALL! It
matters not whether we’re talking Sharia Law in
the Middle East, Talmudic adherence in Israel or
Christian doctrine being written into the Constitution
of the United States.
KARACHI, Pakistan — At the age of 11, Malala
Yousafzai took on the Taliban by giving voice
to her dreams. As turbaned fi ghters swept through
her town in northwestern Pakistan in 2009,
the tiny schoolgirl spoke out about her passion
for education—she wanted to become a doctor,
she said—and became a strong symbol of defi –
ance against Taliban subjugation.

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