History of World Religions Should Be Taught by Secular Teachers, Education Minister Says

November 15, 2004

Source: Pravda.Ru

http://english.pravda.ru/main/18/88/351/14584_religion.html

On November 15, 2004 Pravda.Ru reported, "Moscow authorities offended Russia's leading confession when substituted lessons in Orthodox culture with lessons in the history of world religions Disputes about religion lessons in the secular school are still heated. It seems to be generally admitted that pupils should know the history of religion as part of the world history. But today the scope of the lessons in the history of religion is in the focus of the disputes. Russia's Minister for Education and Science Andrey Fursenko spoke at the 2004 All-Russian Social Forum and stood up for lessons in the history of world religions at school. He said at that the lessons must not be optional and they are to be taught by secular teachers. Andrey Fursenko says lessons in the fundamentals of the world religions should be secular, and pupils must be given an option at that. The minister thinks the lessons in the history of religion differ from religious studies carried out by clergymen of various confessions and religions."