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mwooldri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-05-06 06:44 PM
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9. There's nothing inherently wrong with R.E. in the curriculum.
As long as Religious Education (RE) is done correctly. Classes in RE were mandatory at school for me, and I went to school in the liberal bastion of the United Kingdom, where we had all kinds of religion shoved down our throats (Christianity of course, Islam, Sikhism, Hindu, Buddhism, Atheism, Naturalism, Pagan....). My sister had it worse; she was required to sit a GCSE in RE. When the "official church" is the Church of England, we could have been made to do Christianity only with an Anglican slant.

There's nothing wrong with the main concept of prayer in schools either. We were passed the letters to take home and have our parents sign if we wanted to opt out of school assembly (with the religious aspects in it). To my knowledge only two people in my year opted out, and they went to another room, received a "condensed" version of the assembly and caught up on their homework - though the guy I remember who opted out happened to pretty much opt out of school period; I think his dad encouraged him to work on the farm more than do schoolwork. I must admit I grew up in a very "white" environment; my form group was the most diverse with two non-whites in the class.

In essence we can have religion in our schools as long as it is not one single religion being forced down everyone's throats, and if there is any kind of religious assembly that people are given the option of opting out of that part of school.

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