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Religious Education in Schools

At the school you went to, or are currently attending, did they have religious education classes? Whether they did or not, do you agree with religious education in schools? Would you remove your children from religious lessons if you did not like what they were being taught? And what should they be taught? Just Christianity? Islam? Atheism? Give your opinions here!

1. First of all, where do you live on this lovely blue planet of ours?

65% (183) USA
10% (30) Britain
5% (16) Canada
9% (27) A European country, other than Britain
1% (4) An Asian country
2% (7) An African country
2% (6) An Australasian country
0% (1) A South American country
1% (4) Somewhere else

278 voters have answered this question.

2. Did you/do you go to a state (public) school or a private school?

78% (218) State school
15% (44) Private school
5% (16) Other type of school

278 voters have answered this question.

3. At the school you went to, or are currently attending, did they have religious education classes?

36% (102) Yes they did
51% (142) No they didn't
10% (30) They have similar lessons, e.g. "cultural awareness"
1% (4) Don't know/can't remember

278 voters have answered this question.

4. Regardless of whether they did or did not have religious education in your school, do you agree with religious education in schools?

26% (74) I am strongly in favour
11% (33) I am somewhat in favour
8% (24) I am fairly neutral, not particularly bothered either way
14% (41) I am somewhat opposed
36% (102) I am strongly opposed
1% (4) I have no opinion at all on the matter

278 voters have answered this question.

5. Here in England, we do have religious education in state schools. However, parents have a legal right to remove their children from such lessons, if they don't like what their child is being taught. Obviously they would not have the same right for, let's say, mathematics. Should parents have a legal right to remove their children from religious education classes?

76% (214) Yes they should have that right
12% (36) No they should not have that right
5% (16) I am undecided
4% (12) I have no opinion on the matter

278 voters have answered this question.

6. Is it OK to teach children that there are quite a few different religions in the world, and to teach the basic beliefs and structure of the main religions?

77% (216) Yes, that is reasonable and sensible
5% (15) No, I would not want my child taught any religion other than my own
12% (34) No, for other reasons
3% (9) I'm not sure
1% (4) No opinion

278 voters have answered this question.

7. Would you remove your child from religious education classes, if they were being taught about Islam or Buddhism?

2% (7) Yes, I would remove my child from such lessons. I am a bigot.
17% (47) Yes, I would remove my child from such lessons.
57% (160) No, I would not do anything under those circumstances. Children should learn about different religions.
5% (16) I'm not sure
16% (46) I don't have children

276 voters have answered this question.

8. Should children be taught about atheism?

51% (142) Yes they should
11% (31) No they should not
32% (90) They should be taught that it exists, without emphasising it
1% (5) I'm not sure
3% (10) No opinion

278 voters have answered this question.

9. Which religions should children be taught about in school lessons? (Check all that apply). Assume they would be taught just the basic structure, beliefs etc.

51% (144) Christianity
39% (110) Islam
38% (106) Buddhism
35% (99) Hinduism
41% (115) Judaism
34% (97) Roman Catholicism
22% (62) Mormonism
20% (56) Jehovah's Witnesses
17% (48) Zoroastrianism
18% (51) Wicca/Pagan/New Age
13% (37) Scientology
41% (114) They should be taught about all of these
18% (52) They should not be taught about any of these

278 voters have answered this question.

10. Which religions should children NOT be taught about in school lessons? (Check all that apply)

16% (45) Christianity
25% (71) Islam
20% (56) Buddhism
22% (62) Hinduism
19% (54) Judaism
23% (66) Roman Catholicism
31% (88) Mormonism
35% (99) Jehovah's Witnesses
34% (96) Zoroastrianism
41% (115) Wicca/Pagan/New Age
13% (38) Scientology (I don't want them bankrupted before they reach adulthood, he he)
34% (97) Scientology
44% (125) It is OK to teach school children about all these religions

278 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2008-01-29 17:44:38 by Predator
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