Yes , the pretence has become an embarrassment.

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The plus point is it turns most kids off ever considering any kind of organised religion

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Yes, tell the Queen.

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Yes, until there is unimpeachable proof that any deity exists, we must consign all religions to the skip. Religion is divisive and pollutes the minds of seemingly otherwise rational individuals. Faith is an abstract concept and can be acquired in a moment, experience, education requires a lifetime. The idea that you are required to die before you achieve paradise, proves all religions are thinly disguised death cults...

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Yes.

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No, I think children should have some idea of what happens in church. Most parents will never take them. In state schools divinity masters are generally Anglican, if they're not Hindu or Buddhist, so it's all done in a spirit of ecumenical candy floss.

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Why do children need an 'idea of what happens in church?' it isn't relevant to life in any way. If there is a God pretty damn sure he didn't want people to waste the gift of life sitting around in old cold buildings every 7th day toadying and brown nosing.

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The church underpinned British society for over a thousand years. The pub replaced it when the people lost interest in divine goodness following the two world wars. That's dying now, what with the breathalyser, the smoking ban, and the price of beer. Society is fragmented. If people are to come up with a new inclusive concept they need to know what has worked in the past.

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What planet do you live on? THE main factor in British society over the last 30 years has been the popular media, newspapers, radio but mostly TV (last 5 years overtaken by the net). Teaching religion in schools is a throwback to the 1950's and a complete waste of time and resources as for the 'act of worship'... irrelevant!

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No

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why should one view be imposed on impressionable people?

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Because it's the majority belief

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Beliefs have no place in education.

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But it's a religious belief, also I would question if it is the majority belief. Despite people describing themselves as Christian very few people in the UK go to church or are active Christians. Also many church going people, for example Tony Blair and David Cameron, The Queen, Archbishop of Canterbury all go to church yet none could be described as Christian in the true sense.

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