posted on Jul, 24 2009 @ 02:23 PM
It's not teaching the kids a religious belief. Or discussing a religious issue.
It's teaching the history of this country.
It's not saying that it's right, or that the founders were correct. It's saying "This is why we came here, because they believed this."
Jeeze. Look at British history. If it wasn't for the different beliefs on divorce, things would be completely different. You have to explain to the
kids, when you teach that part of history, "This is what one group believed and some people believed otherwise because they were coming from this
religious perspective, so they broke off from the main group."
You can't say "Well, they just didn't like each other."
That's how it is with tons of parts of history. How are you supposed to teach the Crusades without giving kids an intro to all the religions
involved? It's necessary.
For Darwin's sake, I'm a freaking atheist and they taught us about religions when they were involved in a conflict. We learned about Hinduism and
Buddhism and Islam when learning about India, we learned about Catholicism and Protestantism while learning about England, we learned about Taoism and
Buddhism when learning about China. We learned about more. Judaism and Islam and Christianity in the Middle East. And we learned about Protestantism
and the Quakers and this and that when learning about the foundations of America. It happens. If anyone would make a big deal, it would be me.
I don't even remember all of it. Hearing about the religions did not make me feel differently, except maybe hate religion a tad more for all the
problems that it starts. But honestly I learned about it like three years ago. I knew all of it beforehand, I didn't think it was weird. I was more
like "Hey, I know these old guys believed this stuff. That's why we do this and that and this and that. Nothing I can do to change that, we
wouldn't be here if people didn't believe in that stuff."
But this is historical. Right, we didn't learn about all the minor religions. We did learn about the Druids when learning about early Europe. We
learned about the Aborigines when learning about Australia. We didn't learn about Wicca or Polynesian religions because they're polytheistic and
apparently not that important and because the Christian majority of parents would flip out if we did. But they didn't have anything to do with any
major conflicts we learned about.
You can't teach about all religions equally. It would take too much time in school. I think it's the parent's responsibility to do that. But like,
if you're learning about the foundations of America, teaching more about Buddhism would be REALLY counterproductive. But teaching about Christianity
and what the founders wanted because of their religious beliefs.... that's really important.
And again, I freaking hate religion. I'm just saying that teaching about it in a historical perspective is necessary. They're not making the kids
practice it- that's what all those private schools are for.
[edit on 7/24/2009 by ravenshadow13]