Gary Glitter’s release
Sky News reports that shamed glam rock star Gary Glitter has been released from prison in Vietnam, where he was serving a three-year sentence for child sex offences.
This morning, on Sky’s Eamonn Holmes slot, newspaper commentator John Gaunt used a mélange of noisome adjectives to diss Glitter and suggested that if a paedophile lived on his cul de sac, he would want to know the person’s identity so that he could warn his kids against the offender.
Paedophilia is inexcusable. I too, would want to know the identity and wherabouts of anyone who represented a threat, real or otherwise, to my children.
Yet I think that teaching children the absolute crap of a Creator God and all the religious bunk that accompany this prime lie is a far greater threat than paedophilia.
Richard Dawkins argues compellingly on the mental abuse that is religious instruction to children.1
In an example that freezes the heart, Dawkins tells of an abused, a doubly abused, correspondent2 that wrote: “Being fondled by the priest simply left the impression (from the mind of a 7 year old) as ‘yucky’, while the memory of my friend going to hell was one of cold, immeasurable fear. I never lost sleep because of the priest – but I spent many a night being terrified that the people I loved would go to Hell. It gave me nightmares.”
I’d be keen to know the identities of people who are religious and come into contact with my children so I can warn my children.
I guess I know the identities of these religious people. And I am unable to do anything but privately warn my children, because the abuse that is religion is sanctioned by my community.
1. Dawkins, Richard. 2006. The God Delusion. Bantam Press. London. pp311-344.
2. 2006:317-318. She was sexually abused by her parish priest in his car. And, around the same time, a little school friend of hers, who had tragically died, went to hell because she was a Protestant. Or so she had been led to believe…