Religious education is a required class for English students, unless parents request otherwise. But it’s got too darned much religion in it. So new curriculum guidelines will call for teaching about atheism too.
Non-religious beliefs such as humanism, agnosticism and atheism would be covered alongside major faiths such as Christianity or Islam under draft guidelines being prepared by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, which regulates what is taught in schools in England.
A report will call for the class to be “renamed religious, philosophical and moral education and children encouraged to debate such ethical issues as whether it is permissible to express racist views.”
Although the nation has an established church, only 7 percent of Britons attend a weekly service.
When my brother lived in Amsterdam, he made friends with an American missionary who ran a Christian bookstore in the neighborhood. The missionary had planned to work in Eastern Europe but decided the Dutch needed the word even more. Having an established church had sapped the Dutch of religious feeling, he thought.
Via Jeff Jarvis.