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Re: Religion in public schools

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Sat, 14 Aug 1999 14:33:13 EDT

Joseph, when you teach other cultures, and I am assuming that you do, how do
you manage to teach about their art without explaining something about their
religions? So much of the artistic output of a culture is tied also to its
religion. Are you saying that you can teach the ancient Greeks, for example,
without mentioning their religious structure? Do you feel that merely
describing the ancient Greeks' hierarchy of gods and goddesses will change
the mind of a student? That they will suddenly decide to build altars to
these ancient deities? Is it not appropriate any longer to teach Greek
Mythology? I am sure that all Woody is doing is describing the religious
practices of people whose artwork is being shown and studied. I am sure that
he merely chose Buddhism as an example. He could just as easily said Judaism.