"All kids must read the Bible, federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says" from Adelaide Now

In Australia right now, we sit at a particularly interesting point. Our newly appointed Prime Minister is not only a female, a feminist, unmarried and without children, but she outed herself as an ATHEIST this morning!

When it comes to election time, we will be choosing between her and Tony Abbott, who is a Christian zealot. This story appeared in Adelaide Now today.



BIBLE classes should be compulsory so children have a fundamental understanding of Christianity on leaving school, Tony Abbott says.

"I think everyone should have some familiarity with the great texts that are at the core of our civilisation," said the Federal Opposition leader.

"That includes, most importantly, the Bible.

"I think it would be impossible to have a good general education without at least some serious familiarity with the Bible and with the teachings of Christianity.

"That doesn't mean that people have to be believers."

But former Howard government Islamic advisor Dr Ameer Ali, said Mr Abbott's remarks were "over the top".

"It's one thing to say every child needs a good knowledge of history and geography or science," Dr Ali said.

"But it is something else to say all children should have a knowledge of the Bible. That might hurt other people who have their own holy scriptures," he said.

And the Australian Education Union's federal president, Angelo Gavrielatos, said that religion was not a priority for schools.

"There is a place for comparative studies of religion in the curriculum, but ultimately we consider it a private matter for parents and their children," he said.



This story appeared in Adelaide Now today.

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Comment by Chetan D on June 30, 2010 at 1:07am
Doesn't matter, she's still against gay marriage. That is a key indicator of how open minded and welcoming of scientific ideas you are.
Comment by Martin Pribble on June 30, 2010 at 1:11am
I would say it's an indicator that she won't change a lot quickly, as she'll need the backing of not only her govt but the senate too. I still pick her over abbott, he's just wrong!

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