Interesting story in the UK today; Richard Dawkins approves of government plan to put Bible in all state schools.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/may/19/richard-dawkins-backs...

Prompted two thoughts. One is that there's a lot of complaints from christian groups here that they are persecuted by militant secularists, and this shows that atheism is essentially a tolerant outlook on life.

Two is that it's perfectly right for kids to learn about religions, as opposed to being indoctrinate. I agree with Dawkins on this, and say all schools should also have the Torah, Quran, Bhagavad Gita, etc ... although I would stop short on the works of Alistair Crowley.

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Comment by Wintershade3001 on May 20, 2012 at 9:47am

why stop short on Alesteir Crowley? how is his work any worse (or better) than any other religion or cult?

Comment by diggerbanks on May 20, 2012 at 11:16am

I agree too. Denying access to The Bible is surely censorship of a large part of our history and heritage?

Comment by Mark Say on May 20, 2012 at 11:30am

I don't think most UK schools actually deny access to the bible - except for the few run by other faith groups - and suspect that most would have a few copies in their libraries. Maybe a few don't have them because they have spent money on other things. I think kids should be taught what's in the Bible on the basis of 'This is what's behind one of the world's major religions. Make up your own minds.' As with the other major faith books. Don't think they should be taught them on the basis 'This is the truth'.

Comment by Terence Vermont on May 20, 2012 at 12:38pm

I think if every kid was taught about all of these books they would see how foolish it is to believe in any of it bcuz they r so divided i mean if i knew about other books growing up i would question well, wut if this religion is right, its kind of a lose lose bcuz no one knows.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on May 20, 2012 at 4:15pm

Dan Dennett has spoken about teaching the “4 R’s” in schools. The fourth one being religions – all of them. If children could learn the concepts and histories of all world religions they would be more tolerant as adults. Of course they would also be better able to think critically about them as they would not be indoctrinated into believing that only one of them was correct.

Comment by Michael on May 20, 2012 at 6:45pm

The (private, religious) primary school I went to did in fact teach multiple religious mythologies -Greek, Hebrew (i.e. the Old Testament), Hindu, Norse, and that did indeed help to see them all for what they were: stories, often interesting, but no more. Incidentally, Hebrew mythology is the most violent by far, even trumping Norse. Of course that may not be surprising. 

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on May 20, 2012 at 8:28pm

I think the bible should be age restricted - there is a lot of content in there that is inappropriate for young children; in particular - Romans Chapter 1.

Comment by Zac Kimmer on May 20, 2012 at 11:53pm

I think it would be very hard to write the bible out of school just because how important it is in literature. People can hardly read Dante's Infernal or really anything written in Europe before the modern period without knowledge of the Bible. They should also teach the Torah, Quran, and Bhagavad Gita, and study the religions by cultural importance.



Comment by James Cox on May 21, 2012 at 3:19am

Dear Folks:

For about 6 years, through Junior High and High school. I suffered through a time share model for catholic school. A few 1/2 days a week catholic school and the rest public school. I felt like I was hostage in both. I was harassed by other kids in the catholic portion for my science interest and reading, and had to waste time in an empoverished catholic school environment. What redeamed the catholic school experience was the very good chocolate milk, and teasing the nuns.

If there is 'bible' study it should be as a separate student group, not as a front organization for soul saving and evangelizing.

Please do not poisen an already difficult environment for kids!     

Comment by Tom Holm on May 21, 2012 at 6:29am
Eh hmm idk about this one well as long as it dosent become a main course or some shit like that and the kids do not get too deep in it

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