What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You, Isn’t That What They Say?

as far as our eyes can see: Fatal ignorance

She said, “that’s what happens when you ban religious education from the curriculum.” My friends from the US are amazed at the idea that religious education is compusory in UK schools. It’s nothing like the kind of mind-control thing that the secularizers fear so much.

The mere mention of that idea is enough to put the fear of God into secularist diehards…. but the perspective is an interesting one. Read, see what you think ( and discover a new blog).

3 thoughts on “What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You, Isn’t That What They Say?”

  1. I suggested this as well to an American friend, as I had a similar subject taught when I was tutored at home. He claimed however that a) some Christians would not appreciate the inclusion of other religions (as would parents of other religions perhaps) and b) the debate of how many and which religions to include would be never-ending.

    What do you think about that?

  2. Arethusa makes a good point.

    I would like to add one thing – the societies in which religion is taught in the schools seem to be far more secular than ours.

    Fatal Ignorance writes:
    “It’s nothing like the kind of mind-control thing that the secularizers fear so much. It covers all world faiths. It aims to bring a wide appreciation of different faith perspectives. But, crucially, it helps people understand others who are *not like them*.”

    If religious history is taught in the schools, that’s one thing. To some extent it is. But consider the “wide appreciation of different faith perspectives”. In CA a unit on Islam is required – and there has been intense debate about it. This sort of thing can easily shade into propaganda.

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