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Rosa Juliusdottir wrote:
> I like the discussion about religion in public schools. I remember when I
> first realized there was no religion in American schools that I found it
> strange. We have a state religion in Iceland(Lutheran) and it is taught in
> our schools but we also teach about other religions. Also the religous
> teaching is mostly about morality and keeping up traditions that go with
> our religion, Holidays etc.. Icelanders are not big churchgoers on the
> whole and many say we still believe in the old things like "little" people
> or "hidden people" in Nature. Anyway it is all very easy and not forced on
> anyone and I think like so many of you have said we cannot teach art of
> different cultures without teaching about a peopleīs beliefs. Therefor it
> would be unthinkable to teach here without teaching about the religion we
> had before we "became" christian in the year 1000, that is the old Norse
> mythology and in many of my art lesson that is where we fetch ideas just
> like in the beliefs of people in far away lands. So I really donīt
> understand how you could possible teach art without teaching about the many
> kinds of religions, beliefs and customs that make our world so colorful.
> And I myself even if brought up on this State religion I do not practise
> it, go to church etc. but we learned the ten commandments(which were of
> course not Christian in the first place) as children and I think they are
> just good moral rules for one to go by.
> Well enough now, but I have enjoyed this discussion much and I think it is
> good how many of you teach about different religions.
> Regards from the far north, Rosa
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