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  • It's there opinion

    I'm a non-religious person and I still think If someone wants to go to a faith school it is there choice but if they don't wont to go to a faith school they shouldn't have to go to a faith school if they don't won't. Stand up against those people who say yes!

  • Children should only be taught things we know to be true

    Belief in something fundamentally irrational isn't something we should be using to unite our children. Although people are entirely entitled to believe anything they want to, when it comes to education we need to be teaching them stuff that can be quantified and tested, things that will develop and broaden the mind. Religion doesn't really do this. Bringing children up in a faith based environment, teaching them the 'Us and them' mentality from the outset is giving children the smallest opportunity to integrate we can manage in a secular society.

  • Let the children decide

    Children are the most easily led human beings; tell them something enough times and they'll believe it. If schools are telling the children that women are inferior to men and that they should always cover up, or that you will go to Hell for doing this and that, they will believe it and will probably live their lives like that. A child should be brought up completely secular- neither theist, nor atheist- and be allowed to decide when they are old enough. This is not to say that we should not teach religious VALUES, like love thy neighbour etc., but we should not indoctrinate and, frankly, brainwash the children. Let the children decide.

  • There is no God or Allah!

    In this day and age, I cannot believe people are still believing in ridiculous religions! From a young age (I am 49) the idea that these made up people exist made me confused (I sat through the RE classes but couldn't understand why I was there). It bothers me far more the last five years (since I've had my children) thinking that one day the mixture of faith and technology will bring the world to a sad and untimely end.

  • What's the point of Sunday School?

    Faith is the acceptance, as true, of a particular set of premises and their conclusion; with none of of the rigour of logic or reason. Schools ought, instead, to teach critical thinking, reasoning, logic, philosophy, history and philosophy of science. These, I think you will find, will impart the beauty and the spirituality or the physical world around them and give them the reasoning tools to deal with the difficult epistemological and ontological questions that we all face at some stage or another.

    All the different faith groups place too high an importance on one key fact - that they are right and everyone else is wrong about the creation of the universe and their place in it. This blind sided approach means that faith schools end up either indoctrinating, or alienating children that attend that school.

    Of course schools should cover the basic facts about religions, their backgrounds, historical and cultural significances. They are a huge part of our collective history - to omit all mention of them would be shameful ignorance.

    Children should also learn, however: about the bloody and destructive scars that religion has left on our world. Religious Education should be taught alongside cultural stories like the Aztec creation myths or the Just So stories, for no religion is any more true or important in the modern age.

    Let religion be a mistake of the past; let us (as a society) free ourselves from it. Of course people should be allowed to maintain their own faiths and believe what they want, in the privacy of their own mind - it is entirely their freedom to do so. If they must insist on poisoning their children's mind let them do it away from the taxpayer's pocket - after all, isn't that what Sunday School (substitute any alternative faith based indoctrination model) is for?

    N.B
    As an aside I would like to point out that if you tried to discriminate on faith (and faith schools are a clear example of state approved discrimination) in any other public service, you'd be lynched.

  • Without a doubt

    The point of an education is to steer away from ignorance. It is about learning facts, and how things actually work. Religious teachings are not factual, they are not repeatable in labs/demonstrations. These schools are depriving children of a proper understanding of the world they live in. It's child abuse.

  • Secular country, secular education.

    Secular country, secular education. As part of the national curriculum; RE should teach children that many religions and denominations exist; and that religious views shape many peoples political views, and that this plays a large part in many of the worlds great disputes such as in N.Ireland or Israel etc. Children should leave school knowing that essentially all cultures created religious belief systems before the modern age of enlightenment. Children should be educated on how the world is without being that information being focused through any one religious objective.

  • Faith schools should be banned

    We need an integrated society of individuals who are free to think for themselves and who see others as the same as themselves rather than be indoctrinated into believing that they are different based on some primitive belief system which seeks to impose its culture and rediculous practises on the rest of society, despite having no real evidence to support it.

  • We are all born equal whatever our differences

    We should all live by an agreed set of laws and objectives that promote positive, tolerant and beneficial interactions with each other. Where these rules are broken there should be humane but rational redirection to maintain a safe and harmonious society. No extreme or medieval cultures should be allowed to be taught to children

  • We are all born equal whatever our differences

    We should all live by an agreed set of laws and objectives that promote positive, tolerant and beneficial interactions with each other. Where these rules are broken there should be humane but rational redirection to maintain a safe and harmonious society. No extreme or medieval cultures should be allowed to be taught to children

  • I say no

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  • Eat this you apes!

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  • Faith education is more important than academic education.

    Academic education is about preparing students for a successful life--of course this is essentially important. But faith education is about preparing students for eternity, which is of course even more important. We need to prepare students for life, but not at the cost as failing to prepare them for eternity.

  • Faith-Based-Schools should not be banned.

    But, they should be held accountable for teaching the same curriculum as secular schools. This is particularly important for Sciences as some faiths support opinions on the science that are not accurate, or that are patently false. Evolution is real. Dinosaurs existed. The Universe is approximately 26 Billion years old. These things should be taught in all schools regardless of faith.

  • The need for belief

    We all need to have something good and positive in our life and we're all looking for love. God is what we all need because he is love and he helps us through all the hard times. My life has has been so hard but god helps take away all the negative thoughts and feelings and replaces them with positive ones. I have tried so many councilors and and therapist but they didn't work. I'm not a perfect christian and I will make mistakes I'm only human and there's no perfect church we make mistakes like anyone else but being a christian and believeing in god helps us to cope with life.

  • No, private schools are good for society.

    We need a public school system that works for everyone. However, we also need private schools that offer other options. That includes private schools that are based in a particular faith. Catholic schools have always done a good job educating students, and those with other leanings should also be appreciated for what they offer.

  • NO they should not be

    Faith-based schools are just a different method of general education for children. They may teach children beliefs that are heretical than those taught in public schools, but the bill of rights states that the United States Government shall not favor or discriminate against any religion, which is the bottom line of why they should not be banned.

  • No, there is no way faith-based schools should ever be banned!

    First of all parents want to teach their children religion and morals, but not every parent is capable of doing so properly. Those who cannot do so resort to faith-based schools to teach their kids morals and religion.
    If faith-based schools were banned, what would teach those children morals and religion?

  • It was once a requirement

    I find it interesting that this would even be considered. For more than a hundred years, a territory were required by federal law to ensure by state law that morality and religion would be taught in the schools before they would be permitted to become a state. George Washington in his fairwell address predicted the failure of America if our schools were to ever remove religion and morality from our education.

  • Faith-Based Schools should not be banned!

    It's hard for any parent to teach their child what they believe in. Any faith based school provides the sciences as well as religion. Understanding religious beliefs other than one’s own is a key element of tolerance, since faith traditions often define a significant part of a person’s identity. In the United States, the spectrum of religious diversity is a part of our culture as a whole.


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