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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bill Maher Swings and Misses

Homeschooling is often the target of ad hominem attacks from those who disapprove of parents teaching their children at home. This latest from Bill Maher, infamous for his foul mouth, is particularly laughable:
"Rick Santorum homeschools his children because he does not want them eating [from the Tree of Knowledge]. He wants them locked up in the Christian madrassa that is the family living room not out in public where they could be infected by the virus of reason."
Read more here.

Bill Maher may think that the beliefs of Christian homeschoolers are foolish, but one thing is certain: Christian homeschoolers are not insulated from opposing ideas.

Rick Santorum responded to this by saying,
"All of a sudden, if you're instilling faith and teaching them about God in your home, you're a madrassa, according to these folks, and as if reason doesn't take place in the home. Our -- our children will out-reason him -- my 12-year-old will out-reason Bill Maher when it comes to understanding, you know, what, you know, how logic works because he is completely illogical." (On Fox News' Hannity 3/12, quoted here.)
I'm confident that this was no idle remark. While I don't know how the Santorums homeschool, many homeschooling families teach logic to their 12-year-olds, and I would imagine that his son is studying formal logic right now. It takes work to learn to build arguments and refute opposing views. It is so much easier to simply smear and mock, which is Bill Maher's bread-and-butter.

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