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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Richard Dawkins' Summer Camp

From the TimesOnline: Dawkins Sets Up Kids' Camp to Groom Atheists

GIVE Richard Dawkins a child for a week’s summer camp and he will try to give you an atheist for life.

The author of The God Delusion is helping to launch Britain’s first summer retreat for non-believers, where children will have lessons in evolution and sing along to John Lennon’s Imagine.

The five-day camp in Somerset (motto: “It’s beyond belief”) is for children aged eight to 17 and will rival traditional faith-based breaks run by the Scouts and church groups.

Budding atheists will be given lessons to arm themselves in the ways of rational scepticism. There will be sessions in moral philosophy and evolutionary biology along with more conventional pursuits such as trekking and tug-of-war. There will also be a £10 prize for the child who can disprove the existence of the mythical unicorn.

If you ask me, it sounds a lot like school. These kids can't be all that rational and intelligent if they want to go to school in the summer. Not to mention the Lennon sing-alongs.