The other night I sat through an agonising episode of Insight on SBS. The topic at issue was Religion in the Classroom. Usually I am bowled over by the way Jenny Brockie can wrangle the audience and guide the discussion but on this night she was clearly not on her game or dare I say, she might even have religious proclivities. It was my first attempt to view TV whilst I Tweeted in real time. I must confess, it was more fun than Warcraft. It was incredible to find so many like-minds responding as one to the eye-glazing dross, teeth-grinding fallacious reasoning and butt-clenchingly inane justifications pouring forth from the mouths of the defenders of indoctrination. I noticed that not one person Twittering with the hashtag #insight wrote anything but pro-secular education comments. I immediately recognised the logic of this 21st century technology being completely owned by those who were most comfortable ignoring bronze age books. It was the most interesting and reassuring company I have kept in many moons. Indeed, only today a woman stood before me and said straight-faced, ‘that Darwin has a lot to answer for’ – I didn’t know where to start, so I didn’t, you get the picture. But I digress.
Besides the fine company I was keeping online, the only voice of reason in that hour of pain was from Phil Cam. I knew vaguely that we stocked some of his philosophy books for kids. Now I am extremely proud to say that we stock some of his philosophy books for kids.