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    Filed at 6:49 pm under by dcobranchi

    Toni has an interesting post on religious extremism and our response to it. This is an extremely challenging topic. Where does one draw the line? After all, Rob Reich would argue that we’re all guilty of indoctrinating our kids and that they ought to be exposed (by government agents, of course) to alternative viewpoints. My own belief is that this particular slope is so slippery that the only safe move is to stay far away from the edge.

    10 Responses to “THE SLIPPERY SLOPE”


    Comment by
    COD
    December 14th, 2007
    at 9:47 pm

    I wonder how you survive in that town sometimes.


    Comment by
    COD
    December 14th, 2007
    at 9:47 pm

    Bah, wrong post. This is related to the FOOL post…


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    December 14th, 2007
    at 10:07 pm

    There are a couple other left-leaning civil libertarians around. Fortunately, one of them is the editor of the FO. Gene Smith– a good guy. He recently tipped me off to “Long Road Out of Eden” by the Eagles. Good tune, too.


    Comment by
    Audrey
    December 14th, 2007
    at 11:37 pm

    It is my opinion that this man’s “homeschooling” was simply another part of his cult indoctrination. And, yes, I do mean to refer to that stripe of xian as a cult.

    Whether a shooter is homeschooled or public schooled is about as relevant as whether he was wearing socks or no socks. You don’t hear the media shouting about how a shooter is public-schooled because ps is mainstream. Homeschooling on the other hand is marginalized. I would say that homeschooling is MORE marginalized because of the fucktard fundies who try to claim it as their own little clique. I don’t want to be associated with that (I just posted a long post about this on my blog), so I don’t say we’re homeschooling anymore.


    Comment by
    Toni
    December 15th, 2007
    at 10:13 am

    Audrey-
    I agree with your irreverent terminology and just about everythng else you say… However, I have to say that if ‘sane and normal’ homeschoolers stop speaking up to counter the perception that (cough, cough) “all HSers are fundies” then they have won and HSLDA has made a good job of it… It seems a bit self-defeating.


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    December 15th, 2007
    at 12:15 pm

    I have to agree with both Audrey and Toni on this. Regardless of how others define themselves or are defined, we all have to continue defining ourselves FOR ourselves, both publicly and provately. That’s the only hope.


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    December 15th, 2007
    at 12:24 pm

    “Provately” — must be my new mashup word. 🙂

    I hereby define it as an adverb meaning to act in the interests of pro-privacy. The corresponding adjective is “provate” which used in a sentence would be, “Our education priciples and politics are purely provate.”

    Thus the antonym of provate would have to be “problic” meaning education principles and politics that favor the public system.

    [mentally insert tongue-sticking out emoticon here]


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    December 15th, 2007
    at 12:32 pm

    Gre-e-eat.

    Not to hijack the thread but it’s another miracle! The god of language I worship has divinely intervened in my human typing, this time to give mankind the important new word “priciples” — obviously meaning “principles expensive to stand by in application!”


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    December 15th, 2007
    at 12:48 pm

    JJ–

    I have to disagree with your definition. I think “pricibles” ought to mean principles that can be bought and paid for. Sort of like how the Dems recently sold out the soldiers stuck in Iraq for the price of some pork.


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    December 15th, 2007
    at 12:53 pm

    Sorry, my god’s word is law. This is heresy!