1. New Hampshire court orders home-schooler to attend public school – The judge criticized the “rigidity” of her mother’s religious views and said the 10-year-old needed to consider other worldviews as she matures. This definitely isn’t a case of a judge overruling parental rights particularly because one of the parents was calling for it:
The girl’s mother, Brenda Voydatch, has engaged the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group based in Scottsdale, Ariz., to contest the ruling, in which the judge granted a request by the girl’s father, Martin Kurowski, that the girl go to a public school.
While other groups are also protesting this decision, I fully support it. I think home schooling should be illegal unless it can be regulated to ensure children get a proper and well-rounded education that isn’t just religious indoctrination.
2. Spanish astrophysicist EXPELLED for criticizing the Catholic Church – Now I admit that I don’t know the full story here. For all I know Javier Armentia deserved to be fired. But it seems as though it merely was the result of his being accused of being an anti-Catholic atheist. But I just love the irony of it, since Ben Stein’s mockumentary made such a big deal out of false claims of people losing their jobs merely because they had the audacity to criticize evolution.
3. Finnish politician EXPELLED for criticizing Islam – Yup, there’s a theme today. Jussi Kristian Halla-aho went to court for saying:
Prophet Muhammad was a pedophile and islam revers pedophilia as a religion. Islam is a religion of pedophilia. Pedophilia is Allah’s will.
Now I happen to agree with every word he said here but, fine, take the guy to court. What I find shocking, however, is that Halla-aho lost the case and has to pay a fine because of nothing other than words. He didn’t hurt anyone. He just said things that offended some people. . .things that happen to also be true. Though even if they weren’t true, why shouldn’t he have the right to say them anyway? Finland, I expected this kind of crap from the U.S. but I thought you were better than this.