Little outrage at Bible-In-Schools (probably because protestors got their facts wrong!)

bible in schoolsActivists opposed to religious teaching distribute pamphlets at Christchurch school
Stuff co.nz 27 September 2017
Family First Comment: The Secular Education Network gets caught telling porkies – (but that’s not a ‘sin’ when you’re secular, is it? 😊)
“Jacob said the Connect booklets, produced by Australian company Christian Education Publications, taught children to use their pocket money to buy bibles, encouraged keeping secrets and said sinning would lead to death.
CEC spokeswoman Tracey Kirkley said allegations made by SEN were inaccurate. “[They] are not at all consistent with how Religious Education is actually delivered in schools,” Kirkley said. She said the Connect curriculum was replaced by “Life Choices”, a Kiwi-written religious booklet programme, about eight years ago.”
OOOPS!!!!

A group wanting religious education in public schools eradicated have started to spread their message in Christchurch.

The Churches Education Commission (CEC) said SEN’s claims were “not at all consistent” with current Religious Education programmes. The content they were protesting stopped being taught in New Zealand schools about eight years ago.

Jacob said the Connect booklets, produced by Australian company Christian Education Publications, taught children to use their pocket money to buy bibles, encouraged keeping secrets and said sinning would lead to death.

“That’s a pretty horrendous message to tell young children,” Jacob said.

Their nationwide campaign aimed to reach out to parents and help them make informed decisions about their children’s exposure to Christian-focused teaching.

“We do have a case before the Humans Rights Review Tribunal, and whether that gets bumped up to the High Court, we will have to wait and see.”

CEC spokeswoman Tracey Kirkley said allegations made by SEN were inaccurate.

“[They] are not at all consistent with how Religious Education is actually delivered in schools,” Kirkley said.

She said the Connect curriculum was replaced by “Life Choices”, a Kiwi-written religious booklet programme, about eight years ago.

“[Connect] didn’t fit the NZ school environment or our values of how we want things taught,” she said.

Life Choices was used in 600 schools and Kirkley was unaware of any Connect booklets still used.

“I don’t know even know where you could find them.”

Mezy Sadat, whose daughter attends Wharenui School, said she was “comfortable” with Christian-based religious education.

“I am Muslim myself, I practise my religion and I am OK with it,” Sadat said.

“The more you learn the better. I don’t mean that [my daughter] should go and change her religion, but I’m comfortable for her to learn, it’s fine.”
READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/97318360/activists-opposed-to-religious-teaching-distribute-pamphlets-at-christchurch-school

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