[lit-ideas] Re: fahreheit

  • From: Paul Stone <pas@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 09:26:55 -0400

>I'm wondering whether Paul is suggesting, pace the Old Order Amish and
>Fundamentalist religious  groups, that the inculcation of liberal virtues
>of rational autonomy deliberation and choice is not itself a form of
>indoctrination that violates both the establishment clause and guarantees
>of freedom of religious expression?

Well, after five minutes and several re-reads, I THINK I know what Walter 
is saying:

I think I agree with what you said I said. It's a paradox ain't it? 
Choosing to give someone their freedom is actually depriving them of their 
freedom because you don't get them to make that decision? Eh?

So by choosing NOT to raise my child in a religious atmosphere, I have 
actually forced him to grow up agnostic? Because God knows that ain't no 
right minded, fully-formed individual gonna believe in no religion.  And by 
doing so, I have indoctrinated him to 'no doctrine'. That's a curious 
conundrum. Whatever will I do when those kids come along.

back to the drawing board,


Paul Stone
Kingsville, ON, Canada 

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