CANOE — CNEWS – Canada: Kids book removed from schools


CANOE — CNEWS – Canada: Kids book removed from schools

This article is interesting to me, but not so much because of parents concerns leading to the book being pull from shelves. I mean, the entire point of religious schools (Catholic or otherwise) is to shelter kids from content they feel is “non-whatever-religion-they-follow”. What I find comical is the last line:

“…by British author Philip Pullman, an admitted atheist.”

An admitted atheist?!?!?!

The writer makes it sound like it is some sort of crime or deviant mental state, like an “admitted axe murderer” or an “admitted child molester”.

Atheism is a valid belief (not a lack of belief, as some would try to imply). Would any journalist worth reading say someone was an “admitted Catholic”? or an “admitted Jew”? Would they get away with saying it?

(December 20, 2009: note that the above link is broken – Canoe.ca does not seem to have maintained the article)

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I have been working in the world of technology for 25-odd years. I am an entrepreneur and consultant, focused on software solutions, social networking, and innovation processes. Currently, I am a Principal Consultant with T4G Limited, specializing in Portal Technologies (including SharePoint), software/systems development, service oriented architectures, and many other things which I will probably not remember until I need to use them. Prior to that, I was VP of Technology at Whitehill Technologies, Inc., where I spent almost 9 years helping to grow the company from a start-up to one of the most successful private software companies in Canada. Prior to that I worked on internet conferencing using early VoIP, and on large military communications projects. Before even that, I worked in satellite control, and remote sensing. Going way back to university, my focus was on theoretical physics and astrophysics. Currently my interests revolve around most aspects of software development, from technologies to management, and in the area of defining sustainable, repeatable processes for innovation within technology organizations. I also have a particular interest in Tablet PC technologies – I have been using one for several years, and I love it. On the personal side, I still have a strong interest in all aspects of science, especially physical sciences, as well as philosophy and comparative religion. In addition, I am into music, playing guitar (badly, I am sorry to say), and reading almost anything I can lay my hands on. I am also a member of the IEEE/IEEE Computer Society, and of the Association for Computing Machinery.

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3 comments on “CANOE — CNEWS – Canada: Kids book removed from schools
  1. […] This (well, not this post, but the issue is describes) is just about as dumb as what I posted about some time back about author Philip Pullman being described in a major Canadian newspaper as […]

  2. Fred says:

    Thanks for the feedback. And I agree about people “drawing attention to things” just increasing curiosity about them.

    In reality, however, this kind of censorship is ineffective. You do not protect your children’s faith (whatever faith that is) by hiding them from any other ideas.

    A faith which can only be sustained in the absence of any alternative ideas is a shallow faith indeed.

  3. Jess says:

    Well I, am an “admitted Catholic”… and I completely agree with what you just said.

    I’m also an aspiring journalist and I read the same story. I thought “Why would anyone label someone that way?” As a practicing Catholic, I believe in God and subscribe to the teachings of the Catholic Church, however, I’d like to point out the irony in the fact that the book has been around for 8 years, in Catholic schools no less. And those certain groups have the audacity to attack it now? Now that a movie is being made about it? I role my eyes at them.

    I’m happy to note that a Catholic bishop has pointed out the fallacy in this, by saying that by bringing so much negative attention to it, this group is only making people more curious to see it.

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