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Comment 37 by Sci Fi :

Not quite. My kids go to a baptist school. Never once were we asked for any proof of religious adherence!

My mistake, but that is the way of the Christian schools in my area and I remember one of my friends freaking out because a school rejected her based on her not attending a church.

Comment 38 by Premiseless :

Do you believe religion should be taught children as if it wee true?

I do NOT! It is a blatent lie to pitch religion as a fact of education!

Look, I personally don't believe in any form of god or deity or follow any form of spirituality. I believe in Darwinian evolution and to be strange, a touch of Lamarckian. But do I know that I'm right? No. Do I know that my religious friends are wrong? No. I believe they are, but that doesn't make it so. No one truly knows how the world formed or how we came to be (note, the THEORY of evolution), and frankly, I really don't care. But if someone wants to bring their child up, following what they believe is right, how is that any different to you bringing up your child to believe in evolution? That's all I'm saying.

Sat, 25 Feb 2012 08:10:33 UTC | #921730

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I live in Australia where there are two different types of schooling. We have public education, which is effectively run by the State Government, and we have private education, which is usually religious based, such as “Saint Mary Star of the Sea”, etc.

My personal belief, is that in these private schools, who’s basis is in religion, should be allowed to teach religion, as the parents are always aware of this fundamentality. To even apply for the schools, you need your pastor, or other spiritual leader, to sign for your morality.

I do believe however, that religion should not be taught in public schools. Australia has, for a long time, tried to emphasise how much of a multicultural, understanding country it is, yet actually forces students to sit in through a period (between 30 and 75 minutes) or two, a fortnight, of Christian, religious teachings. At least twice a semester we have a workshop, or speech around spirituality. I’ll take a closer look at my school, a public one. In my year alone, we have Muslims, Christians, Jews, Seven Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Buddhists, Catholics, Baha’is, Atheists, Pagans, Wiccans, and even Satanists. This religion class is mandatory. And 100% Christian. We have so far, been taught that all other religions, including other denominations of Christianity, such as Catholicism, Lutheran and Jehovah’s Witness, is wrong and will lead us to hell. We have been taught that homosexuality and alternative lifestyles are condemned by “god”, and, in the place of homosexuality, is CURABLE. But don’t worry, because God loves everyone, right?

I do believe teaching what religion is about. Like, the history about it, and how it was formed. Basic principles and fundamental beliefs and how the rest of society interacts with these.

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 22:29:44 UTC | #921651

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