June 7, 2005

Malcolm in the Middle

I don't watch a lot of TV, but it can be a great way to unwind after a particular long day. I saw a re-run of an old episode of Fox's Malcolm in the Middle recently. I like the show, but I never watched it regularly so I the re-runs are virtually all new.

Anyway, the plot of this one involved the family going to church solely because it was the only place where they could find affordable daycare. It was clear that they were completely irreligious and trying to fake it. One of the kids asked what that large T was doing hanging on the wall (a cross), and the Dad spewed complete nonsense when asked by the pastor to lead a Sunday school class.

What a refreshing thought - children who have never even heard of these crazy superstitions! I wonder if such a thing is even possible now that religious craziness dominates American politics. Can an American family raise children without the perverted influence of religion? Of course, I think it could be argued that a child who wasn't at least taught about religion might be at a disadvantage. Not just because he/she would be ridiculed in school, but because it seems that some understanding of religion is now necessary to understand American politics. Maybe a child has to learn about religion in order to understand and deal with people.


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