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World religions should be taught in college

Posted: July 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.

I think that religion and prayer should be allowed in all colleges, but that it ought to be taught, not preached. 

Teaching is merely telling what a religion consists of, whereas preaching is trying to convert, a big difference.

Indeed, in a democracy, it is good to know what thoughts are going through the minds of different religious human beings. In fact, I go so far as to say that world religion classes ought to be mandatory for all college students.

I also think that American classes in college are making a comeback as regards teaching religions, and such a comeback, yes, is highly needed in our country.

Knowing what thoughts are in the Bible, the Koran, the Torah, etc., helps to improve one’s cultural awareness.
Yes, being taught various religious thoughts here in America and abroad helps one to appreciate cultures other than one’s own, and that is just plain beneficial to a better education.

As I say, however, preaching religion ought to be illegal in all such colleges because the scope of an education is to decide for oneself if one wants to accept any one religion.

That, indeed, is a personal choice, and hence should be left to the student or person himself, or herself, and not the domain of educational establishments.

Therefore, my opinion consists in understanding religions of many types on college campuses, but to never preach them. I also believe that that keeps solid our commitment to separation of church and state.


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