Religious instruction in public schools in view of the fundamental right to religious freedom: A Christian ethical perspective
Keywords:Religious freedom, Religious instruction, Human rights, Active neutral option, Active plural option
AbstractReligious instruction in public schools in view of the fundamental right to religious freedom: A Christian ethical perspectiveThis article examines the way religious instruction can be arranged and executed in a liberal democratic society. Several options for the implementation of the fundamental right of religious freedom are investigated as well as the bearing of each of these on religious instruction in public schools. The article concludes that the active plural model for the implementation of religious freedom offers the best solution when it is measured within the framework of religious tolerance and peace. This option entails that pupils in public schools should be permitted to observe their respective religions, to wear religious symbols and to be instructed in the religion of their choice. They should also be taught about other religions in order to develop respect for people of other religious persuasions.
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