Reykjavik, Iceland – The government of this tiny North Atlantic country is asking all K-12 teachers to teach that science and religion are inherently incompatible. Students will learn that even if a person has religious beliefs and engages in scientific work, that same person is doing either science and / or religion incorrectly.
The Icelandic legislature recently passed the Science Protection Act (TSPA). The bill passed 60 to 3, and Prime Minister Andrew Karnard promulgated it shortly thereafter.
“This is a great day for our country,” Prime Minister Kanard said. “We will protect future generations from the insidious nature of beliefs not based on reality. “
The TSPA gives the Department of Education 3 months to develop a lesson plan for school children of all ages. The guidelines are quite broad, but are clear:
- Students will understand that just because science cannot answer a question at this precise moment does not mean that God has done so.
- Science is a process and not just a collection of facts.
- The truth is conditional. What we know to be true is based on measurable data, not on deeply held thoughts, prayers or beliefs.
- And for the younger ones, they will be taught that “God is an imaginary friend that many adults have. Unfortunately, they don’t know he’s not real.
The three lawmakers who voted against the new law are religious. Their main concern is that their churches wither and die without the indoctrination of children.
“Religion is the glue that holds this society together,” said one lawmaker. “If we’re not careful we’ll end up like Denmark!” And no one wants that to happen.
The Danish Embassy issued a statement saying it had no imperial designs on the minds of Icelandic youth.
The Icelandic government wants to stress that its new policies are not anti-religious. Indeed, non-theistic denominations like certain versions of Buddhism and the Satanic Temple are rational and humanistic. Students will learn that some religious communities are not deadly enemies of science.
“We hope to send a clear message to our children,” Prime Minister Kanard said.
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