Keep religion out of our public schools, religious displays away from our public squares and buildings, and most of all, beware of creeping theocracy!
Yet every now and then atheist spokespeople let it slip how oppressive they would be if given the opportunity. For a long time I've suspected they aren't really as concerned with making the atheist alternative heard and respectable; deep down their aim is to eradicate religious thinking and, in the process, abuse those who do find a place for religion in their lives.
Another example (see also my posts Do Atheists Desire State-Sponsored Atheism? and A Theocratic Threat?) has presented itself in news coverage of comments made by physicist and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss (author of A Universe From Nothing) to the effect that "religion could be gone in a generation."
Okay, but how might that be so?
Like Richard Dawkins, he seems to want to make the educational system a place to destroy religious beliefs and instead inculcate atheism:
What we need to do is present comparative religion as a bunch of interesting historical anecdotes, and show the silly reasons why they did what they did.
I really take umbrage at the silly versus sane paradigm being introduced in this connection. Seems to me that would be encouraging bullying.
Krauss elaborated further:
But you don’t shy away from religion any more than you shy away from the claim that Earth is the center of the universe. We laugh at that now, and we get kids to realize why that might be wrong… and so we should take other falsifiable facts, which are at the center of our society, which is religious doctrine, and make just as much fun of that.
Note that Krauss and his ilk, however, feel that religion indeed should be shied away from if presented in a positive light by teachers.
Atheists bemoan it when their children are exposed to religious ideas in school. But religious parents who raise their children to believe in God should happy with having their children exposed to atheism - and in a confrontational way?