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Greyman's Avatar Jump to comment 17 by Greyman

Good for you Laurie!

Here in Queensland, there was a move a few years back to allow secular humanism to be taught as an alternative during the Religious Instruction period.  It’s never been passed by the government because secular philosophy does not involve a belief in the supernatural.  Legally, it’s not a religion and so cannot be taught during that time.

Despite this, it very nearly happened.  Exactly the type of outrage mentioned in Jane Caro’s article did happen, actually.  A progressive act was almost passed, when the Christian lobby acted, using fear tactics about the “secular agenda creeping into the classrooms”, and spreading misinformation over how the act would allow satanism and wiccan beliefs to be taught.

(In point of fact, the then and current act would allow this if parents were to insist, since they are covered by the legal definition of religion.)

Mon, 22 Sep 2008 13:36:00 UTC | #239013