If you read between the lines, I think that's exactly what he's saying. Religion only works if it's presented as unerring eternal TRUTH. Present that in any other way and its essentially meaningless. There you have the conflict between atheists and believers.
Religion? Maybe. Spirituality, certainly not.
As for conflict, last I checked, I'm
not the one trying to shoehorn mythology into the science class.
Atheists aren't being honest. They know promoting critical thinking will weaken religions because religions require the absence of critical thinking. In the end that's their agenda, to slowly strangle religion to obscurity. Of course they are using America's fear of losing our scientific superiority as a way to promote their agenda.
Um... no, I'm being quite honest.
I want children to think critically because thinking critically is how we build a society. It's how we go to the Moon. It's how we find new ways to advance the species. If a neurological disease were to suddenly afflict millions of human beings, I'd start talking to the neurologists who use scientific data to support their solutions rather than trying to pray it away. There's no agenda here other than facts remaining facts and myths remaining myths.
You're essentially telling me that kids learning to think critically may one day cast aside the religion they have found to be lacking in evidence. Tell me again why that is a bad thing?
I tried to make a deal with the Devil, once. Turns out I didn't have anything he wanted.
You will never find a more welcome hive of love and humility.