No child is born a Christian, Hindu, or Muslim. Just as Milton Friedman's daughter was not born with free market written on her forehead, and Mao Zedong's son did not come into this world with a "Red Book" attached to his umbilical cord. The last time I played around with the genetic alphabet of A[denine], G[uanine], C[ytosine], and T[hymine], I somehow couldn't get a Brahmin out of it, can you?
Hence this billboard, that was put up by the British Humanist Association in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, coinciding with the Universal Children's Day on Friday:
Richard Dawkins, BHA vice president, said this about the campaign:
Nobody would seriously describe a tiny child as a 'Marxist child”, an 'anarchist child' or a 'post-modernist' child.
Yet children are routinely labelled with the religion of their parents. We need to encourage people to think carefully before labelling any child too young to know their own opinions and our adverts will help to do that.
Religion reacted swiftly to the campaign. Sheikh Anwar Mady from the Belfast Islamic Centre made this absurd claim, when asked about the billboard:
We believe that every child is born as a Muslim. Religion is not given by the family, but it is a natural religion given by our God at birth. The role of the family is to teach the traditions of the faith. But that faith is implanted at birth.
Yup, a baby who cannot tell the color of her mother's lips, knows quite well that allah is the one and only god, that the polytheists will burn in hell, and that an adulteress deserves to be stoned to death! Then, when they are 11-years old, they'll take on their class mates who deviate from their allah's rule:
Muslim student to Antonios: Why are you eating ham, it's Ramadan?
Antonios: My mum packed this for lunch today.
Muslim student: Don't eat that. How can you eat pig, it's disgusting.
During the confrontation a Muslim boy allegedly accused Antonios of saying: "Fuck the Muslims" but Antonios denied swearing. Mr Grigoriou said he removed his son and a younger child from the school after the boy was punched in the eye and kicked in the legs by a Muslim student. "It has broken my heart to see this happening to my boy." He said that Antonios, who wrote about his experiences in words and drawings, still has nightmares.
Reverend David McIlveen from the Free Presbyterian Church stepped up to defend his business:
It is none of their business how people bring up their children. It is the height of arrogance that the BHA would even assume to tell people not to instruct their children in the religion.
The church, of course, reserves the right to instruct everyone of its parishioners' children to recite wonderful psalms such as this one that will appear in their bumper stickers when they grow to be adults:
Pray for Obama — Psalm 109:8
What does Psalm 109:8 say? "Let his days be few; and let another take his office". Sounds like a great one liner for the 2012 election, so what? Well, if only you looked up some of the following verses of Psalm 109:
- May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
- May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes.
- May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children. May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation.
Anyone who disagrees with me is an enemy. Not only to me, but also to you whom I pray to. They have no right to live. Where did we hear this recently?
Please, say no to religulous parenting before it is too late.