Atheist Richard Dawkins supports the distribution of Bibles in public schools, but before you creationism-fans get all warm for the thought of it, it's for a noble reason on the side of atheism and free-thought. In fact, it's not hard to disagree with Dawkins on this one, because if there is anything that turns a person away from religion faster than anything, it's the actual knowledge of the dogma of said religion.
While some sources are spinning this into some "pro-Christianity" news coming from the atheist front, it's absolutely not. In fact, the support of bibles in public schools is something that Dawkins shares as a tool to steer people away from religion.
"A native speaker of English who has never read a word of the King James Bible is verging on the barbarian," he said.
He is absolutely right. It's touted as "the greatest story ever told" (snore), but very few people have actually read it. In fact, this study shows that those who are most well-read in religious scripture are atheists and agnostics. That further strengthens Dawkins' point that reading the Bible and actually knowing about the religion deteriorates the desire to be a part of it as an intelligent person.
So to be completely honest: Yes, Bibles should be accessible in public schools. Now, that doesn't mean religion should be encouraged by school staff or anything of the sort, because that would be a violation of the separation of church and state. However, allowing school children the ability to access, read and openly discuss what's within the pages of the Bible without any guidance from a preacher or someone else to sugarcoat, twist and "interpret" the scripture, would just prove to be better in the long run for human intelligence. It would possibly create more freethinkers and agnostics!
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