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    I must confess I haven't read the whole thread but with regard to religions being taught in schools I agree with Anne.

    If you don't learn about the religions of the world at school I feel alot of children are in danger of becoming very closed minded about religion and that is how tensions can arise between religious parties. Neither understand the others point of view as they are completely ignorant about that religion.

    Ignorance breeds intolerance IMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tkay View Post
    I must confess I haven't read the whole thread but with regard to religions being taught in schools I agree with Anne.

    If you don't learn about the religions of the world at school I feel alot of children are in danger of becoming very closed minded about religion and that is how tensions can arise between religious parties. Neither understand the others point of view as they are completely ignorant about that religion.

    Ignorance breeds intolerance IMO

    TBH i don't want my children to have to learn about other religion as they already have religion & that is the only religion they need & they are not closed minded at all. IMO a persons religious beliefs is something that is personal to them & doesn't mean that a person is ignorant of others choices etc because they don't know about others religions etc..

    If i wanted my kids to learn about other religions then i would send them to state schools & not pay big $$ for private education.
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    I don't go to church and don't really "believe" as such.

    My children have been attending private christian schools though.

    Look...I don't see a problem with teaching some sort of religion in schools...I attended religion classes and I don't think I am suffering because of that! My children have been christened into the Danish Lutheran Church, but we don't attend any Lutheran church here.

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    Anne, my children told their RE teacher they aren't Christian and the teacher informed them in a very concerned manner that they would unfortunately be going to hell.
    RE is Christian focused and they learned nothing about any other religions. They no longer go to that school.. or the other where a similar thing happened.
    Oh and to add, they weren't meant to be involved in the lesson, and I thought they would be taken out of the class to do another activity but they were kept in the class and told to do something else.
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    Anne, don't you think telling children they are going to hell kind of scares them into religion rather than just simply teaching them about a particular faith?
    I signed the form saying I did not want them to be involved in religious studies, they just gave them something to do while sitting in the room during RE which defeated the purpose of me signing a form saying I object.

    ETA- my children came home in tears horrified that they were going to hell and said they want to believe in Jesus so they can be saved. It pretty much turned me off Christianity and made me furious. The bible is barbaric IMO.
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    There definitely are decendents of Tasmanian Aborigines, who call themselves Tasmanain Aborigines and they have a very distinctive look, some of them, dark skin and very tight curly hair.

    Tasmanian Aboriginal Diaspora

    More arrests over Brighton bypass - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    This one disputes the genocide (better term than "decimation" to describe "none left")
    but I would still argue that there were massacres of Aborigines pretty much everywhere in Australia at different times, and Tasmania would have had it's fair share of massacres.
    PM - Historian dismisses Tasmanian aboriginal genocide "myth"

    decendents are busy people considering they don't exist
    Tamera Summers illustrates her history - ABC Northern Tasmania - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

    A bit like what Religion is all about - "imaginary friends".

    Personally I think an understanding of the main cultures around the world which would usually include some explanation of how the local religions work eg Hindu, Buddhism, Shinto, Sharmanism, Christianity (and variations of), Islam (And variations of) etc and some historical study of religions too eg Druidism and whatever the Africans used to believe and Ancient Greek and Roman religion - if only for the fun of the fairytale aspect, but you're also not going to understand a lot of modern cultural references if you don't know what Nirvana is (besides a rock band), You've got no idea who Isis was or Set (Seth?), you don't know what Zen is about or meditation (requires no religious belief but is part of many religions), and you don't know what Mohammed was about. And people should also be taught the difference between a cultural law and a religious law. And people (children at school if necessary) should be taught that within religions not everybody agrees on interpretation eg Roman Catholics and Protestants. And if you ignore religous education, how are you going to explain the founding of the USA, and the Crusades. Or how Genghis Khan, or why there are dome topped churches in Southern Germany and Austria. etc etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    Anne, don't you think telling children they are going to hell kind of scares them into religion rather than just simply teaching them about a particular faith?
    I signed the form saying I did not want them to be involved in religious studies, they just gave them something to do while sitting in the room during RE which defeated the purpose of me signing a form saying I object.

    ETA- my children came home in tears horrified that they were going to hell and said they want to believe in Jesus so they can be saved. It pretty much turned me off Christianity and made me furious. The bible is barbaric IMO.
    What kind of a teacher tells kids that regardless of their religion. That is just atrocious. What denomination is the school they go to Pugger?
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    It's just the local State schools (plural, this happened at 2 of them).

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    That's bloody awful. Did you make an official complaint? That's not teaching kids about religion that's just scare mongering.
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    Yep I made a complaint and then pulled them out both times.

    They go to a Steiner school now with no scare mongering.

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