Religion shouldn't be taken out of/banned from schools
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To begin, I would like to clear a common misconception that you have, religious practice is NOT discouraged but encouraged.
There are various clubs for any student who wishes to express their beliefs with other people, and those clubs span from middle school up to college, (I know this from personal experience and from clear cut data.) And I agree with you to some extent it is the first amendment right that allows for expression of religion, or expression of a different stance on the topic.
You can practice your religion in your church, home, club , etc. However, I do not agree when you say that religious practice should be taught in school because there are many beliefs out there, and not only is this IMPOSING your beliefs upon somebody but it could lead to some uncomfortable situations. Imagine this, a few years ago an anti-religious movement started that sought to teach satanism (actual occult satanism to children across the country.) This caused an outrage, because of the disagreements in religious practice not only will teaching religion in class cause conflict and divide between students, it will cause controversy between parents, and will not help the learning experience progress. For all of this reasons I humbly disagree with your stance.
Here is the campaign mentioned in my argument
Here is the schools response to all the controversy, as you can see, teaching religion in class would help outright ban any religous practice in schools. That is why what you porpose is a bad idea.
But when you go in depth like you say, controversy emerges. We can't talk about Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, etc, without talking about faith or popular belief. With these differences, there are many cases of controversy that come with it. (Ex. A parent who doesn't want their kids to learn about paganism.)
There are thousands of religions, and we can't cover them all. Thus, many people are going to complain about having no representation in schools, this leads to less resources, time, and money as schools try to fill in that void and demand and teach kids about different religions. (What use is there in teaching a Satanist about Christianity? None, all it does is create controversy.) ALL THAT TIME AND EFFORT COULD HAVE BEEN SPENT ON SOMETHING MORE PRACTICAL.
Besides there is NO evidence that points to people like Jesus being historical figures (look up historical inconsistencies in the
bible). The same can be said for most other prophets. So essentially what you have here is a proven controversial topic in classrooms that is proven to hurt schools, with no practical use in real life what so ever, and above all else a hypothetical situation. (As you yourself admit that religious practice is encouraged in schools.)
Finally, if people are already given these opportunities to learn about other cultures such as in clubs, they would have done so already. Unfortunately, there are not many people who are willing to open their mind and actually care about what you believe. For example, in my school, I am always called an atheist even though I am an agnostic. I have always drawn a line as to what the difference is, but at the end of the day all most people care about is their own beliefs.
Now that we are at the end of the debate, I would like to thank all of you for your time including my opponent, I know how frustrating these debates can be.
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