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February 14, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

ATHEISM IN BRITAIN....You learn something new about obscure foreign cultures all the time:

Children will be taught about atheism during religious education classes under official plans being drawn up to reflect the decline in churchgoing in Britain.

Non-religious beliefs such as humanism, agnosticism and atheism would be covered alongside major faiths such as Christianity or Islam under draft guidelines being prepared by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, which regulates what is taught in schools in England.

Although some schools already cover non-religious beliefs, there is currently no national guidance for what is taught, even though all schools must provide religious education.

I know, I know, I'm just showing my ignorance when I say I had no idea that all schools in Britain were required to provide religious education. Now I know.

I guess it just goes to show how cloistered we Americans are that this never occurred to me. I mean, can you even imagine this happening here? I don't think there's anything unconstitutional about teaching a "History of Religion" class or something like it in an American high school, but it just wouldn't happen. And then a proposal to add atheism as one of the highlighted religions? Kaboom!

I wonder what they teach in these religious education classes? Are there any British commenters out there who can tell us?

Kevin Drum 9:37 PM Permalink | Trackbacks

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