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Religion doesn't need to be discussed in public schools at all, no more than sports or movies.
Yeah, and I agree.
You know, at times I think the most difficult endeavor on this thread is to try and keep a discussion going with an individual, and sometimes that works, but only rarely. Even with offering a give and take approach, by suggesting a new direction for the conversation or by tossing a new concept out there in hopes that it will bring forth some different thought or commentary.
This is what Ar Ar had to say in response to the above:
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In the context of a public school setting, you're right.
As long as the subject is religion, the teacher MUST keep their own opinions out of it and simply teach the "facts" of said religion.
(Then when the students walk out, he/she can pray to God while looking at the cross hung over the door.)
Maybe with an opening week long class focusing on the "Mythic Origins of Primitive Mans Religious Beliefs and Practices; Mountain, Sea, and Sky"But a college level course on the history of Christianity might be instructive. The chapters of the text could include the following:
I. Self-Contradictions In The Bible
II. Errors of Scientific Fact In The Bible
III. Anthropology and Biblical Myths.
IV. Crusades And Holy Wars - "Kill Em All, Let God Sort Them Out"
V. The Inquisitions
VI. Witch Burning At Salem
VII. Scapegoating Jews: Christian Antisemitism
VIII. Demeaning Gays: Christian Homophobia
IX. Marginalizing and Dehumanizing skeptics: Christian homophobia
X. Oppressing Women: Christian Misogyny
XI. Sexual Constipation
XII. Christian Misanthropy - Mankind Is A Useless Disappointment
XIII. Christian Antiscientism