I never, ever thought I'd say this

But Michael Portillo and I seem to have some common ground I didn't think we would. We share a great distaste for religion in politics.

He is of course, utterly wrong on the following quote

"I recognise that teaching religious belief may be a good way, perhaps the best way, to impart a sense of right and wrong to children"

This is about the only part of the essay which I could call egregiously wrong, and it mars what would otherwise be a very well argued point. Teaching about religious belief, perhaps, could give some useful insights in conjunction with genuine morals and ethics, but teaching religious belief? Try indoctrination as a more apt word.

Still, 9/10.

posted @ Thursday, March 1, 2007 10:39 AM


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# re: I never, ever thought I'd say this

Left by Kylie at 3/1/2007 2:28 PM
I liked the colossal squid..have been browising your archives, so my post should probably go there, but I thought you might miss it. Not sure that Portillo's essay will really grab me today. All soundbites and the occassional Britney: "what's she done now" article constitute my mid-week skimming.

So how things? Will be having drinks up in Newcastle end of the month, perhaps you and Esther may fancy a weekend in the Hunter and a debaucherous afternooon in the middle.
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