‘Stop inflicting dinosaurs on kids’
A Christian parent – part of a group that believes dinosaurs are a dangerous myth – is getting international attention after posting an angry rant on the parenting site, Mumsnet.
The writer – “CADministry” – starts :
I am getting sick and tired of dinosaurs being forced on our children … I think something needs to be done. The science behind them is pretty flimsy, and I for one do not want my children being taught lies. Did you know that nobody had even heard of dinosaurs before the 1800s, when they were invented by curio-hungry Victorians?”
Aside from the educational aspect, dinosaurs are a very bad example for children. At my children’s school, several children were left in tears after one of their classmates (who had evidently been exposed to dinosaurs), became bestially-minded and ran around the classroom roaring and pretending to be a dinosaur.
Then he bit three children on the face. One poor girl has been left with a severely dented nose and the whole class was left traumatised by this horrible display.
At this point one starts to wonder whether this is being written tongue-in-cheek. Nowadays it’s so hard to tell, given that so much of what Christians say and write looks like satire. But for entertainment purposes, if nothing else, let’s read more.
Nothing about dinosaurs is suitable for children, from their total lack of family values through to their non-existence from any serious scientific point of view.
Recently my sister foolishly gave my two youngest some dinosaur toys for Christmas. After telling her to get out of my house, I burnt the dinosaurs. My children were delighted because they know dinosaurs are evil. I am fortunate my family have been very supportive, and have disowned my children’s former aunt.
Please, do what you can to get dinosaurs taken off the curriculum. Our school has been recently presented with a 214-signature petition, and following that and our recent protest, the headmaster has said he will take it the governors. We are lucky he is so sympathetic to our cause, but I fear that others may not be.
The writer is part of a Facebook group called “Christians Against Dinosaurs” which has nearly 4,000 members. The main graphic on the page shows animals boarding Noah’s ark, but a dinosaur is crossed out.
The page-long diatribe by “CADministry” quickly sparked much mockery and mirth, and the writer’s dotty claims drew hundreds of replies. The the now-closed thread runs to 40 pages and 1,000 posts. My favourite was from “NickAngel”:
Totally agree … and the mermaids can feck off too.
“CADministry” then replied:
I used to believe in dinosaurs. We all did. We were all raised on the dinosaur lie, and so we don’t question it.
Consider what we’re actually telling our children with these tall tales – stomping about the place, making loads of noise and mess is great and cool, being aggressive, shouting and biting people is to be applauded, being cold-hearted will win you the world for millions of years.
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