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    IncGamers Member Leopold Stotch's Avatar
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    Religion being taught in schools?

    While at work today and sorting thru uncooked buffalo wings, I recalled something from a couple of weeks ago. My brother and I got on the topic of... something and it prompted us to go back to our old high school website. There, we could see who was teaching there, what classes, etc. I noticed one class that stuck out like a sore thumb. The guy teaching it was someone my brother knew, I think, or had heard about...

    The class is Bible Literature. You study the Bible and its stories. Now, iirc, religion + schools = . It is not a mandatory class, afaik, however I'm sure if there were some other Holy Book studying class or a class about a specific religion period, so much hell would be raised (example: Islam). But because I am from a small, southern, country, predominately white community where there are 30 churches within a mile radius this class is okay. If this were on a college campus, I would be okay with this because in college you can study pretty much anything you want and there are specific programs aimed for theology degrees. But this is high school and isn't there something where religion shouldn't or can't be taught in schools? -.-

    Just want to know how others feel about this. Also, did anyone else's school hold FCA meetings before school on certain days of the week? FCA = Fellowship of Christian Athletes or some **** or is it just a southern thing?

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    Re: Religion being taught in schools?

    There are religion classes here as well, even in elementary school (at least when I attended it), but they aren't mandatory. In high school, you usually have the choice between religion and philosphy. I chose religion back then because philosophy was said to involve more homework .

    I have no problem with that, but school classes like "bible literature" would worry me a bit, as it is about a particular religion which sounds like a handicap for others.
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    Re: Religion being taught in schools?

    Here in Belgium you have 2 major school systems:

    Catholic schools & State schools

    Catholic schools have an inherent mandatory Bible class which also covers other major religions.
    State schools have something we call "zedenleer" (roughly translated "study of decency"?)

    But the Islam community have their own classes and sometimes even schools were children are thaught Arabic Language and the Teachings of the Quoran.

    Personally I don't have anything with religion (eventhough I've been to Catholic schools all my life), but I would send my kid there (not to convert him) but because I know discipline and values are held higher there than in the State schools.

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    Re: Religion being taught in schools?

    The Bible may be a book of bronze-age fairy tales, but the impact its had on our culture and psyche is ubiquitous. I'll go so far as to say that the Bible is the rosetta stone for all of western literature. Those whose interest in reading goes beyond mere pleasure would do well to know their "good book". Would-be literary scholars and critics who would ignore that advice lack the insight necessary to excel. Even if your interest in reading stops with pleasure, you'd still be doing yourself a favor by flipping through the Bible now and again.

    The same applies to studying the literature of other cultures. Know their myths or you're going to be hopelessly hamstrung. Salman Rushdie is a favorite example of mine. Know nothing of Islam? Never picked through the Quran? Leave The Satanic Verses on the library shelf then. It's impenetrable.*

    I digress. Studying the Bible "as literature" (the context is important) doesn't present any constitutional problems as far I know. In fact, I support the idea of such a class (for reasons given above) provided it's not compulsory and not used as a front to subvert children into the religion or sneak junk science into the curriculum (by the way of "intelligent design").

    To answer your second question, the public school I went to had no such classes or clubs; however, on Wednesdays some of us got out of class for an hour to study scripture at a Catholic church down the block. My memory is a bit fuzzy but I think I attended that study from age 7 though 13 (or thereabouts).



    *And while you're brushing up on Islam, you'll want to study a bit of Hinduism as well.

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    Re: Religion being taught in schools?

    Dredd pretty much nails it, except for the part about fables and such.

    We never had any classes like that here, but we did have FCA.

    You may not like intelligent design, but it's a whole lot more logical than the big bang theory and evolution. That's junk science to me.

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    Re: Religion being taught in schools?

    kegs, why is the intelligent designer altering germs to make them resistant to our current range of antibiotics?

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    Re: Religion being taught in schools?

    So you're admitting that there's an intelligent designer?

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    Re: Religion being taught in schools?

    So you're avoiding answering my question? You know, the question I asked before you asked your "question"?

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    Re: Religion being taught in schools?

    But you don't even believe in the premise of the question, so what's the point?

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    Re: Religion being taught in schools?

    If you could answer the question, would I not then be able to decide whether the premise was legitimate or not?

    (To answer your question which was the answer to my question that answered your question to my question that you never answered.)

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