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Summer Camp: "It's Beyond Belief"

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Summer Camp: "It's Beyond Belief"

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Quote:It's summer camp time in America, but few camps are quite like this one. This week, 31 atheist and agnostic youths from Ohio, Kentucky, New York and other states have gathered in Butler County for Camp Quest, one of a handful of summer camps nationwide where children are taught there is no God. Armed with its motto "It's Beyond Belief!" Camp Quest is an alternative to religious-oriented summer camps.Cincinnati Enquirer Heh, cracks me up something like this is so close to Cincinnati.
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"Phil Burress, president of Sharonville-based Citizens for Community Values, said, "It's amazing that they are teaching kids not to believe in God. I feel sorry for them."i feel sorry for his kids. i wouldn't send my kid to an "atheist camp" though, unless he really really wanted to go. but i like the idea of an educational camp, how many kids these days have even heard of Sagan or any other philisopher besides Plato?
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Heh, I didn't notice Burress' at the end of the article. Here's the rest of his quote.Quote:Phil Burress, president of Sharonville-based Citizens for Community Values, said, "It's amazing that they are teaching kids not to believe in God. I feel sorry for them." He said the small number of participants nationwide reveals the camp's limited appeal. "Their numbers are not growing. And they are pushing the myth of separation of church and state in America," he said. "But if you look at the Founding Fathers, they incorporated God into our nation's founding documents." That drives me nuts - there's no mention of God in the Constitution, President Jefferson wrote that the 1st Amendment DID erect the wall of separation, etc....Phil Burress was one of the local airheads who got an anti-gay ordinance passed about 15 years ago. It stated you couldn't pass any laws giving equal rights to gays. That issue was finally reversed in another vote a year or two ago. Phil's latest quest is to rid local hotels and motels of porn movies. He admitted that he used to be "addicted to porn", but obviously his obsession continues...Maybe now you can see why I'm surprised to hear there's a camp for atheists in the area...
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That's definitely an interesting idea, especially since it's actually a camp created to inform; at first glance I would have thought it was more of a satirical establishment meant to be a slap-in-the-face mockery of Christian camps.Nevertheless, I wouldn't send my own kids there as I wouldn't send them to a religion-oriented camp either. Both just come off way too preachy for my liking and I'd rather not mix up summer fun and screwing around in the outdoors with questions of philosophical importance. Summer is just not the time to be thinking - it's the time for brains to atrophy and for poor schoolkids to forget how exactly to differentiate logarithms and whatnot. That is, unless you're point is to connect nature and living, e.g. Transcendentalists. Well, I'm sure they're all having fun nonetheless.~Eisprinz
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