My 4Thought.tv: Is Belief in God a Basic Instinct?
For those of you that haven’t seen it, you can view my appearance on 4thought.tv here.
I’m not thrilled with it, but I think it’s alright. I’m now free to post vlogs on related subjects, which I’d promised the guys and girls at 4Thought I wouldn’t do. Most of the old material I’ve shown you in my vlogs is from the BBC archives. The BBC has absolutely tons of footage from that period of my life – way more than I have. I spoke to my old contacts at the BBC about doing something to redress the balance of all the rubbish I spewed on BBC2 back in the day. Unfortunately, they’ve all moved on to other things now, but they asked the editors they knew if they’d be interested in letting me make a film based on my earlier footage. No one at the BBC was interested, which is a shame. I’m glad Channel 4 gave me a chance to say something, even if I didn’t get to construct a real argument.
Vlog: Praying in Tongues
Another piece of video that I’d really prefer not to exist. This has never been shown anywhere before – a Leaving Fundamentalism exclusive. It was shot for Video Nation, but never broadcast. I guess I just like embarrassing myself in public.
Vlog: When I was a Creationist
Another scary vlog to show you today.
My slight concern with this vlog is that people will think I’m bitter. I don’t feel bitter, and I resent “you’re just bitter” being used as an excuse to dismiss what I have to say. My hope is that by being this personal, people will see the effect that Creationism has on children. At that age, people are vulnerable to deception. What I want to make very clear is that this is not just about me. This is about all the children who are taught this – about 2,000 in ACE schools in the UK.
When Christians say “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it,” they are taking advantage of a child’s credulity. It feels hysterical to call it child abuse, but it is an abuse of power.
The other thing I’d like you to notice is that I always said “man,” instead of “people,” or “humans.” Fundamentalist Christianity hates feminism.
I can write this blog because I escaped. I’m free and clear, and my life is good now. I’m genuinely concerned about the kids that are still in systems like ACE School of Tomorrow.
Vlog: In conversation with my 8-year-old self
In 1994, BBC2 broadcast “God’s Not Boring” a short film I’d made for their As Seen On TV series. I talked about how God is awesome and stuff because… well, there wasn’t much else in my life at the time, to be honest.
Vlog: The War on Reason
In this week’s vlog, I discuss the way ACE attacks logical reasoning within its curriculum materials. This is not something I expect from a good educational system.
Vlog: Inside Accelerated Christian Education’s Politics
I have decided to make the radical move into vlogging. For my technophobic readers, this is video blogging. Don’t worry, I’ll still be doing written blogs too.
My experience has been that people struggle to imagine Accelerated Christian Education from mere descriptions, so I’m going to show you.