KATHLYN Fauchon raises an interesting question as to how a child can make an informed decision about religion without being exposed to Christian beliefs at church (‘‘Children need to be informed’’ Letters 9/10).
I would ask how a child can make an informed decision when they have been taught that a particular belief is true, to the exclusion of all others.
Does Ms Fauchon’s church teach children that Jesus is alive and that he loves them, or do they explain that this is just an opinion believed by a minority of the world’s population? The fact that 85per cent of Christians accepted Jesus before they were 12 years old is a disturbing insight into the modus-operandi of religion and its perseverance in spite of a litany of headlines and scandals.
The only way to make a truly informed decision is to abolish all forms of religious instruction and indoctrination in favour of comparative religion studies taught by qualified school teachers, as part of the school curriculum.
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