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Sean8342 Sean8342 41-45, M 7 Answers Jul 6 in Politics

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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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It depends on what is taught and how it is done. Christianity has played a major part in shaping European culture, so a basic understanding of it is helpful. Without such knowledge it is difficult to understand history and also some part of today's society. But of course this should not be of the "evangelistic" type telling the kids "this is what you should believe"

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"Christianity has played a major part in shaping European culture". Yes as a pretext for a lot of atrocities.

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Yes, as well as in art, education, health services, agricultural development etc.

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You could say the same about slavery and a whole raft of 'isms'

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So, if something has had a negative (as well as a postivie) effect we should not teach about it?

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As history not as worship. The development of technology is the main cause of progress in art, education, health services and agricultural development.

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Technology does not stand alone or happen in a vacuum. It depends on the ideas and philosophy in society. This is why there should be teaching on religion, philosophy and history in the schools

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Religion belongs as a subject within history

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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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