...Unless he's the one doing the indoctrination
One of the interesting things about fundamentalist atheism is their tendency to accept the pontifications of hypocritical people at face value.
Richard Dawkins is a brilliant example of this. His vaunted "lying for Jesus" argument has become a central weapon in the rhetorical aresenals of many fundamentalist atheists despite the fact that he's been caught being dishonest using it.
Likewise, Dawkins' argument that children shouldn't be indoctrinated into religion has gained some evident traction amongst fundamentalist atheists. Why, even ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaes thinks so.
So indoctrinating children into religion is bad.
...Oh, unless it's Dawkins' and Ulvaes' religion. Then it's A-OK.
Aside from starting work on a children's book, Dawkins has sponsored a summer camp for atheists.
Dawkins says that the camps are intended to "encourage children to think for themselves sceptically and rationally."
But interestingly enough, Dawkins has made it plainly evident that, to him, thinking for oneself "sceptically and rationally" entails thinking exactly what Dawkins wants them to.
Naturally, Dawkins and company are going to pretend that the camps in question aren't about atheism, but rather merely about secularism.
"There is very little that attacks religion, we are not a rival to religious camps," says camp organizer Samantha Stein. "We exist as a secular alternative open to children from parents of all faiths and none."
So says "atheist rock star" Samantha Stein.
One wonders if Dawkins and Stein realize the extent to which the entire matter defies credulity. An "atheist rock star" accepting funds from Richard Dawkins attacking religion? Apparently we're supposed to perish the thought.
Of course, all of this is aside from the point. There's nothing wrong with parents sending their children to Dawkins' and Stein's camp if they are intent upon raising their children as atheists -- or perhaps even legitimate free-thinkers.
There's nothing wrong with teaching children about evolution or leading them in sing-alongs of "Imagine". In fact both of these -- teaching kids about science and about great music -- can be very good things.
But the least Richard Dawkins could do is stop pretending that he isn't indoctrinating these children in his religion -- atheism, which people like himself have very much transformed to a religion.
Just imagine that kind of honesty from someone who so enjoys vacuously accusing his opponents of "lying for Jesus".