I find it funny how extreme secular atheists end up doing the same things they harshly criticize evangelicals for. I don't care for christian or atheists camps, but if the kids have a good time, make friends and bonds I can't say I have any problem with it. The crazy camps like the Jesus Camp documentary shows are awful, but I don't think those are as common.
This camp isn't really the same thing as an extreme evangelical Christian camp, though, is it? Like, not even in the same ballpark.
|"We would encourage them to read, to go to church," said Chuck Wolber, one of Camp Quest Northwest's founders. "The best way to become an atheist is to study the Bible, and I definitely recommend the kids do that." |
For example: Whereas this camp emphasizes reading the texts of other belief-systems and attending their churches, an evangelical Christian camp, such as the one featured in Jesus Camp, will encourage kids to wail around, speaking in tongues, and strongly discourage (probably even ban) the reading of a modern textbook on evolutionary biology.
This isn't itself fallacious, but the spaghetti monster has been substituted, by this camp specifically, as equal to the idea of God and that is absolutely a straw man fallacy.
No, a straw man fallacy would be if someone were to say that someone who believes in God (whatever your definition) actually believes in the flying spaghetti monster, tentacles and everything. The purpose of the flying spaghetti monster is to provide an example of a ridiculous concoction that clearly has no basis to be believed in, and contrast that idea with the idea of God--an idea that is made to seem much less ridiculous, but equally has no basis to be believed in.