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03-10-2013, 08:34 PM
Atheism to be studied in Irish schools.
Ireland is a country whose education system is dominated by the Catholic church. In that atmosphere, Atheist Ireland has scored one for our team.

In some schools, atheism will be a part of Religious Education. From what I gather, religious education will still be mandatory, but it's a beginning.

What do you think? Will this lesson be taught reluctantly, like an honest science teacher grudgingly covering creationism? Or, will it be treated like any other belief? Will parents keep their kids out of that lesson?

Any Irish folks out there like to offer a perspective?

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03-10-2013, 08:39 PM
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That seems stupid to teach atheism in schools.

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03-10-2013, 08:42 PM
RE: Atheism to be studied in Irish schools.
Atheism can be covered in one sentence. Someone is gonna screw this up, don't most catholics think we're mislead by the devil or what not?
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03-10-2013, 09:24 PM
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It's a huge step (theoretically) for a country whose last world-news-worthy deed was killing a woman in need of a lifesaving abortion in the name of Catholicism, but I seriously doubt it will be given much time. I can see them maybe mentioning it as a guide to what NOT to believe... Rolleyes

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04-10-2013, 04:33 AM
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Are they teaching other religions in this study?

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04-10-2013, 10:14 AM
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I can see teaching how some people are atheists and what that means, and what atheist religions are as part of a world religions class, like the one I had in high school. The one thing that was missed out in that class was the fact that not everyone has a religion. We were taught about Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism, aboriginal faiths, Hinduism, and Jainism as far as I remember, but not once was it mentioned that people without religions exist.

While all it takes is a few minutes to clarify that people without religions can be good, moral people who don't worship the devil, that has always been omitted from such classes.

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04-10-2013, 11:58 AM
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(04-10-2013 04:33 AM)ClydeLee Wrote:  Are they teaching other religions in this study?

I think it's being done a couple of different ways. One is, including atheism as a belief among other beliefs. Not quite accurate, I know. Another is an online or app-based alternative to religious studies.

I'd like to see that online option. I wonder if it's available to the public.

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04-10-2013, 09:56 PM
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They just shouldn't do it at all.
As Grizzly said it'd be a 1 line lesson.

They'll just fuck it up and put people off. Better to keep teaching the crazy religious shit and let people make up their own minds.

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05-10-2013, 04:08 PM
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How can you teach atheism? There are no set beliefs or ways of acting or life lessons or anything. There is: "I do not believe in a god". That's not even a lesson, let alone an entire subject.

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