For the love of God
By HANNAH FRANKEL - TES MAGAZINE
Added: Sat, 02 May 2009 23:00:00 UTC
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Linda Brusasco used to consider herself a reasonably decent person until she met Deborah Drapper, 13. âHave you ever told a lie, stolen anything, used Godâs name in vain, coveted anything?â Deborah asked the unsuspecting producer, who was making a documentary on Deborah. Ms Brusasco admitted that she had. âSo youâre a lying, thieving, coveting, blasphemer. Do you still think youâre a good person?â
Ms Brusasco couldnât answer that. Yet more and more schools are dealing with exchanges like this as devout pupils attack their classmates for their religious beliefs, or lack thereof.
One of the most recent examples was when five-year-old Jasmine Cain told a fellow pupil that she would âgo to hellâ if she did not believe in God. The pupil became distraught and reported the incident and an argument of biblical proportions ensued.
A teacher at Landscore Primary in Crediton, Devon, reassured Jasmine that she could talk about Jesus, but asked her not to tell the other children that they were going to hell. Jasmine told her mother, a receptionist at the school, that she had been banned from talking about God, the national press got hold of the story and Gary Read, headteacher, was bombarded with more than 300 emails and letters, including threats to kidnap his children, brand him a child-molester and torch his house
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