Atheist parents should stop reading Richard Dawkins to their children, in case they grow up thinking the world isn’t magical.
That’s the advice being given by a leading pagan, who thinks religion is OK as long as it involves drinking, dancing and some really cool tricks.
‘Although Richard is real, there’s a lot about him that’s unbelievable’ said Nigel Pendragon, a self-styled druid and ukulele enthusiast. ‘Most youngsters wouldn’t seriously think that anyone was such a joyless monster. If you thought church was dull, wait until you bump into Dawkins at a Christmas party. He’ll go on and on about evergreens, Romans and turkeys.’
‘Kids aren’t going to invest in that: they just want to dress up as Mary .’
While some young people are capable of distinguishing fantasy from reality, Pendragon thinks that even the most discerning children would find ‘The God Delusion’ too hard to care about.
‘Just let them read Snow White, The Frog Princess or even the bible’, suggested Pendragon. ‘The majority will enjoy themselves without thinking the world is riddled with dragons.’
‘Of course, some will be affected adversely and that’s pretty sad. But only the most gullible will think that everyone else believes all this crap.’