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Article: France moves to toughen ban on religion in schools

France moves to toughen ban on religion in schools

What do you think? Should religion be part of education system?

By John A. David

A student of theology, a bible teacher and a graphics designer. I ramble a lot about Christian faith, apologetics and atheism.

6 replies on “Article: France moves to toughen ban on religion in schools”

Here is a quote from Article III of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787:

“Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”

The Northwest Ordinance concerned the area around what was later to become Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Teaching religion doesn’t mean doctrinal indoctrination. It means the study of ethics and morals as set forth by God.

Nothing could be more constructive and supportive of liberty, tolerance and civil social order.

I had very strict felician nuns in catholic grammar school that formed my foundation. I did not appreciate them at the time but over my life I look back and realize their faith made them who they were, they impressed upon us to take loving one another seriously and not be misled by frills and bells or anything that would take our attention away from Gods love for us. I do think religion must be in anything we do , and ideally role modeled by the people who teach our children. Sorry times, go and find even a catholic school that has nuns as teachers today. They were dedicated to God, they were self disciplined and role modeled simplicity in style and manner and were liberated of the many things that compromise secular teachers. Parents are the best teachers and if respect for God isnt taught at home, it wont do much for the child at school but you never know, it might be the only example they are getting. Dont we beleive teachers in publc schools can influence kids to behave ethically , anti bully campaigns and such? these are sad days indeed,, teachers pressed to set values in children who dont have them in the home. It all comes down to love and whether the child has been loved, is being loved, has learned to love others and I cant see how this can be a ccomplished without dedication to the creator.

I absolutely agree with you. Teachers and parents are supposed to be role models but sadly we want the kids to decide for themselves, and I don’t think they can handle it. Discriminating them against faith at such a level could forever change their perception of it.

From the article: “To me it’s not right people coming to school with religious symbols,” said 16-year-old Arthur Rivelois outside his Parisian Lycee. “Their faith is their business, it’s nothing to do with the rest of us.”

So, they rather should all wear the same clothes, then no piercing etc…

Only as a survey of all religions. If you just include Christianity in the “study” at school, you are alienating roughly 23% of America’s population. If you go worldwide, then it becomes two-thirds. So are you comfortable with children learning the “ethics and morals” set forth by Allah? How about Buddha? Voodoo? Scientology? If not then leave religion to the privately funded schools, like the Catholic school mentioned in another comment, and home.

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