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Quoting: Colin Hall
It has crossed my mind, albeit briefly, that Iím not at all sure where this thread is going, but here we, in like Flint!
I never went to Sunday school. I went once but gave up when I realised the rumoured free food was a myth. I heard the same about the Jacobites, and the Sallies, and joined both for the alleged benefits, which again turned out to be rumour, so I quickly confined them to the mounting rubbish bin of the religious.
We had brief periods of what was euphemistically referred to as RI at school, and sang a hymn every day at the end of the day: "Now the day is over" which I could probably recall verbatim if I sat down and thought about it.
So , no I donít qualify as being a school-inculcated religious person. Thatís not to say I donít think it should be taught, otherwise everyone in the UK will become Muslim a lot faster than you think, because that religion has no qualms whatsoever about brain-washing kids.
In this country, political correctness has not gone that mad, and Christmas is still Christmas, and not Winterlude or whatever daft suggestion was made in the UK. It seems that, in NZ at least, there is a public yearning for the teaching of Judeo-Christian principles.
Each †school board decides whether it offers the service, while parents have the right to remove their children from classes. The curriculum is specifically designed for the secular classroom and is child-focused rather than teacher-driven and it doesnít † tolerate biblical extremists. †
So what do they teach? Itís not fire and brimstone, itís about values: honesty, compassion and so on., and that canít be a bad thing!
When i was a young kid in the later days of the war i stayed in Wales with my old aunties and they gave me no options as far as gojng to church was concerned. It was Penticostals in the morning and the salvation army after lunch then the Methodist chaple in the evening. and at about 15 i found better thing to do.
Some 59 years later our young (28) daughter in law died. And that got me back in the church. And i now spend two to three days a week in the community care side of the church looking after people in need. And there are a lot of them about. So it is not all singing and saying prayers there is a lot more goes on in a church than you may think. Please do not take what i have said the wrong way everybody has there own views and this is mine