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a grave threat to democracy in Australia

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 22, 2009

Tony Abbott, the leader of Australia’s opposition Liberal party, believes that children in school should become familiar with the Bible and other “great texts that are at the core of our civilization.”

Senator Kate Lundy is horrified.

“Mr Abbott wants to take the choice away from parents and force every kid in every school to study the Bible,” the ACT Senator insisted today.

Clearly the next step for Abbott would be to set up a theocracy and revive the Spanish Inquisition.

But there’s more. Informed sources tell me that Abbott also thinks children should study Shakespeare. Which makes it obvious that he wants to raise Queen Elizabeth from the dead and restore her to the British throne.

And wait, wait! He wants them to study math, too!  

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Dec. 31, 2009 6:52 PM ET USA

    Why not give real "choice" to parents, and rather than directly fund government-run schools, give vouchers to parents and let them choose the schools they want for their children?

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Dec. 27, 2009 2:48 PM ET USA

    We are a Pythagorean people.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Dec. 23, 2009 9:19 AM ET USA

    Di, I've just had it with these people who want to force MATH down the throats of my children! What about CHOICE? It's time for civil disobedience. "Pythagoras is dead!" "My cerebellum, my choice!" "Math should be safe, legal, and rare!" "Every equation a wanted equation!" "Keep your geometry off my prodigy!" "Keep your addition off my academician!"

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Dec. 22, 2009 6:01 PM ET USA

    There's a Bible course that is supposed to be taught in public high schools in our state. I have purposely stayed away from applying to teach it, although my theology degree certainly qualifies me. It would be like volunteering to string myself up like a pinata to be beaten senseless by one side or another, no matter how I teach.

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