From the two-part Channel 4 (UK) series The Root of All Evil?:
Episode 2 The Virus of Faith
“How is it, asks Richard Dawkins, that despite science having exposed old religious myths, militant faith is back on the march? The mechanism for perpetuating beliefs that Dawkins describes as leading to murderous intolerance, is by imposing religion on children who are too inexperienced to judge it for themselves”
We wouldn’t categorise children according to their parents’ political stance, says Dawkins, since they are too young to make up their minds about such matters. But we segregate them in sectarian religious schools, where they are taught superstitions drawn from ancient scriptures of dubious origin, which promote a ‘contradictory and poisonous system of morals’.
From generation to generation
Dawkins compares this to a virus, which infects the young and is passed down the generations. Visiting an ultra-orthodox Jewish school, he describes the British-born headteacher Rabbi Gluck’s Yiddish accent as testament to the isolation of his community.
Continued at “The Root of All Evil?”
Watch the video “The Root of All Evil: The Virus of Faith” here
Part 1, “The God Delusion“, can be seen here
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