BBC Suffolk – Belief in a secular society

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  1. Linn Barringer says:

    Brilliant! What is?

    Margaret’s comment “It would be much better if we substituted it [religious education] for ‘philosophical enquiry’ so that children are taught to think rather than to believe.”

    I was thinking only this morning about revising a message that I keep in “drafts” in case someone asks how I became a non-believer.

    Part of it was hearing commentators on the TV and radio harping on about the terrible indoctrination of children that went on in places like the USSR, North Korea, China, etc. And I thought (dangerous thing, thinking!?!) “hang on a minute, doesn’t this remind me of what happens in Sunday School, and Assembly, and RI (which became RK, which became RE)?” Oh, yes it does!

    • rickjohn2 says:

      It is regretable, Linn, that you apparently had such a negative experience in Sunday School and Assembly. “Love your neighbor, love you enemies, do good to all, especially to the household of faith, put on compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness and patience, forbearing one another, and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving one another, and above all these put on love which binds everything together in perfect harmony…” I hardly see how you can see these principles as harmful. I would like to see all our children brainwashed with these ideas.


  2. Margaret Nelson says:

    Rick, one of my Sunday School teachers took the “love thy neighbour” bit too literally. He groped me under my vest when I was about 10 and a bit. So much for setting an example.

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