What if I never want to read any religious text? Well I am following along with Kafir Girl as she blogs the Quran. It's a good thing she is f*cking hilarious, because otherwise I would definitely not be following along. As it is, I don't read every post because sometimes I just don't find it interesting. Can I not have a world class, liberal arts education if I don't read every thing on some list that defines a world class, liberal arts education? So what if the majority of Americans are Christians. Most of them probably haven't read the bible either. We might not even live in this country for our entire lives. I am also not a big fan of fiction. If I am going to read it, I want it to be good. I actually read the bible once, many years ago. My recollection is that it was not good (in an entertaining sort of way).
There also seems to be this idea that, as an atheist, I can't dismiss something I don't know every single thing about. I say bollocks. I don't know every single thing about baby formula either. I'm not going to start using it because the majority of my countrymen do. I am also not going to research Similac when I have been nursing perfectly fine for over three years and two babies (and one before that!). I don't need formula and I never will. The same as I don't need religion and I never will. I'm not saying I will never read the bible. I'm saying I don't want to read it now and I may very well never read it again. If that's the one thing that is going to keep me from a great leadership education, well then I guess I'll have to deal with that.
What about the kids? What if they never want to read the bible? Who knows? Heck, they are still really young. If they want me to read it to them, I will. I also want to expose them to all religions so they understand their fellow humans. But I am not going to try to persuade them that their education will be worthless if they don't read books X, Y, and Z. If they feel the need, they'll do it for themselves and when the time is right for them.