The importance of religious education
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Feb 02, 2012  |  Vote 0    0

The importance of religious education

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RE: “Religion and publicly funded education,” Jan. 26 Brant News Viewpoint. Religious education today is vital. As the details of the Shafia case emerge, we wonder as a society how these people lost their moral compass. We can look to their religion as one aspect of what shaped their thinking. We can also, instead of judge them, extend forgiveness, as we are led by a moral authority. After all, “he who is without sin should cast the first stone.” Religious instruction in the separate school system is priceless. Catholic schools offer open debate about all moral and ethical points of view. It is open to free debate, unlike the public counterparts. In order to combat ignorance, every student should know about the various religions, what it is that they believe and what causes them to act as they do. How else can we avoid past mistakes made by the church and avoid future ones? Education is not indoctrination. True indoctrination happens every time we turn on the television. Knowing how to behave in a society is also essential for all human progression. Any scholar will tell you the reason a society falls is its lack of morality, as seen through the lens of Jeudo-Christian ethics. The fall of the mighty Roman Empire is only one example. Students need to be taught about morality, ethics and to really love others, even if they don’t act very loving toward them. Can you imagine a society without forgiveness, charity and love? Lack of moral education comes with a price tag. Societies can not survive the economic fallout of sin. “Teen childbearing in the United States cost taxpayers (federal, state and local) at least $10.9 billion in 2008, according to an updated analysis by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.” That is only one of the many social ills we face. Therefore, in response to Nancy Husley’s letter, even though the law may be on your side, the truth is not. R. Taylor

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