Theresa May’s extremism strategy …

In February 2015, Home Secretary Theresa May said ‘ …authorities need to look at the ideology which drives young people to travel abroad and join extremist groups.’

This was in the light of her studied shocked reaction to the fact that three intelligent, apparently well educated, schoolgirls were off to Syria to join Isis as jihadi wives.

'How was school, dear?'
‘How was school, dear?’

Ms May said it was important to look not just at terrorism but ‘extremism across the whole spectrum’.

Did she define which “authorities” should undertake the task? No.

Did she define extremism? No.

Did she define the timescale? No.

Did she define the parameters for such an investigation? No.

So there we are; the usual display of meaningless poppycock presented as “policy” from a government minister.

Here is the answer for Ms May, and all those who still cannot understand the reason for the girls’ travel plans.

This, first suggested some 1,600 years ago by Hypatia of Alexandria (an enlightened teacher of mathematics and philosophy), a few years before she was burned to death by peace loving Christians.

“Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them. In fact, men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth — often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable.”

“Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond.”

“All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final.”

“Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all.”

Why read all those other books when this one has all the answers?

In other words, as long as government treats religious faith as a valid subject for educating young minds, the problem will persist.

This wilfull blindness is dangerous for the nation’s children and for our future peace, but it doesn’t upset too many voters – yet.

Can you begin to see faith schools are dangerous and outdated?

Can you see that the treatment of religion as serious subject for young minds is deeply flawed? Once the seeds of ‘faith being a good thing’ are sewn in a young mind, all else follows. Then it is so much easier to present god as an irrefutable fact from which all else follows.

  • Faith seems to be revered as a worthy mental state when it should be seen for what it is, simply a vain hope based on myth or perhaps a comfort blanket for some.
  •  Are our party politishituns ready to recognise that?
  •  Are you?
Acknowledgement: Clive Goddard  and Chris Madden for the cartoons.

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