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My son Josh and I were discussing this question tonight and we came up with a few reasons for teaching and learning RE in schools.

In today's cosmopolitan world, it is a definite necessity and advantage for children to have basic knowledge and understanding of the many cultures and religions of the world. It makes for more enlightened and well rounded individuals who see the world as their home not just a single country. Religious education can promote tolerance and amalgamate people from various religious backgrounds.

It is easier to accept what we can understand.

Even from an economic view point, knowledge of different cultures and religions allows the world to be an open job market, where one can prosper in terms of adjustment.

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Well i would have to say that religon should be allowed in schools. Why not? We are not suppose to wear hats, but some kids/adults wear these towels on there heads and they certaimly do not get yelled at. For furthur info. I'll discuss thiss with you, I would like to talk about this some more.

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Teaching religion in schools is a very effective form of indoctrination because the religious teacher has a captive audience. It is easier for the young student to submit and passively absorb religious teachings than to think for himself or herself and ask questions that might expose weaknesses in the religious argument. Against this, those who willingly attend religious instruction out of school are more likely to remain committed, life-long believers in that particular faith.

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Absolutly not, religion has no place in public schools.

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No it is not the law, so why make it compulsary to some students but not others. If they want to learn about God and Jesus thent hey should go to a Sunday School or church.

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