Religious education

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Religious education

"Education must be separated, without mixing the children. The children of wealthy families, called to go to universities and later to take over the reins of business, companies, practice free professions and occupy the highest positions of public administration, must be educated to achieve these goals.
Children who, because of their socio-economic background, have disadvantages, must be educated in respect for authority.
The Church must assume the education of both groups. We don't want to leave the less fortunate children in hands of an atheist state

Jorge Liberato Urosa - Caracas Archbishop (Venezuela)

We can find all this In speeches of education ministers of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Pinochet, the Argentine military junta... today in a Venezuelan archbishop mouth.

What do you think about religious education? Do you think it's better, or worse than secular education?



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algebe's picture

The only thing that surprises me about this is that the Archprickdick said it so openly. Religion has always been the tool of tyrants and oppressors, and the Catholic church has been a staunch ally (or puppet-master) to the worst of them.

"Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich." Napoleon Bonaparte

"The pigs had an even harder struggle to counteract the lies put about by Moses, the tame raven. Moses, who was Mr. Jones's especial pet, was a spy and a tale-bearer, but he was also a clever talker. He claimed to know of the existence of a mysterious country called Sugarcandy Mountain, to which all animals went when they died." George Orwell ("Animal Farm")

As for religious education, from my personal experience it's a mixture of boredom and trauma. As a small child, I was terrified by some of the Bible stories, especially the angel of death killing the first born sons in Egypt, and Herod's slaughter of the innocents. It's certainly a collossal waste of time that could be better spent opening children's eyes to the real wonders of the world and the universe through science. Religious people are the worst teachers of morality and ethics.

LogicFTW's picture
I like that Napoleon quote.

I like that Napoleon quote.

ImFree's picture
Some aspects of how Nazi

Some aspects of how Nazi Germany intertwined religion and the state's influence on education are discussed by a woman whose grandfather served under Hitler in WW2 and her father was raised during this time. She writes on the Evil Bible website Here is a short excerpt:

“I am the offspring of a German soldier.  My Opa served under Hitler in WW2 and my father was raised during the time of the Nazi regime.  This is important information to take into consideration for I am privy to some info that most Americans do not know.  It is common for American media and education institutions to lie to their citizens concerning Nazi Germany.)  So, in presenting this information I must break it into four parts: 1) Facts about Hitler and his involvement with the Church.  2) How the Church was the catalyst for anti-Semitism.  3) Facts concerning how the Nazi regime drilled these beliefs into Germanic society.  4) Quotes Hitler made which prove he had a disdain for atheism/occultism, upheld his Christian faith, and hated Jews due to his Christianity.”

If you want to read more of her recollections:

MCDennis's picture
As a victim of years of

As a victim of years of religious education, it is not surprisingly better in some ways [math and science] and worse in other ways [religious education]

charvakheresy's picture
Education is a tool. It can

Education is a tool. It can be used to empower or suppress.

I attended a catholic school for the first 11 years of my schooling. In india we have multiple boards regulating education
1. ICSE - A British colonial left over (The one I attended - most Catholic schools)
2. CBSE - The Indian National Board
3. SSC - The State Level Board
4. IB - Its a new syllabus

Each school has to decide which syllabus it will prescribe to.
Believe it or not in my formative years the catholic schooling was considered the most secular (despite the morning and evening prayer, & mass for the Christian students, non christians had moral science). Although catholicism is a minority in India and so it does not push its agenda too hard.

However State and Centre run schools have seen a pattern for religiosity like never before. We seem to be abandoning reason for nonsense.
The State of Rajasthan recently had textbooks that said The Indian Cow was a mother and holy. It gave off oxygen (do they believe that the cow is a plant?) and its urine and dung were medicinal and could cure diseases like cancer.

The peahen drinks the peacocks tears to reproduce (some weird form of oral sex I guess)

A chapter on ayurvedic eugenics where by using ayurvedic practices and waiting for alignment of stars you can create "santati" The ideal heir. The superior race...... guess what "HE" would be "Fair".

All of this inspired from Hindu religious texts

It seems like in our country to get a good education one really has to spend through their nose or else we get substandard and at some level ridiculous education

MCDennis's picture
Theists are tools

Theists are tools

algebe's picture
"Religious education" is an

"Religious education" is an oxymoron.

LogicFTW's picture
Secular education is better,

Secular education is better, all other things equal. Education to me is about teaching critical thinking skills, basic skills, and then specialized skills for the job/industry you want to go in to.

Religion pushes people away from critical thinking, and just accepting big issues in life without evidence just because its easier and more comfortable. Not a good rational productive member of society does that make.

algebe's picture
@LogicForTW: "Education to me

@LogicForTW: "Education to me is about teaching critical thinking skills"

Absolutely. Teach them how to think, not what to think. Religious education is arse-backwards. It teaches them what to think until they can't think at all.

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