I was at a school where I was forced to do bible studies because it was part of the curriculum which they did not discuss when I was enrolling at the school.
I felt uncomfortable and did not understand why they pressured me when they knew I was of a different religion.
I dabbled in Christianity later in my life but it was not based on what anyone else said or pressured me into doing.
And while it is true that children need to learn to deal with others and cope with different, contrary viewpoints, it doesn't mean it is necessarily a good thing to shove them into this negative environment at an early age.
I have no problem with them being taught about religion in general. The mythology can be quite interesting and knowing that there are numerous beliefs, and that the believers all think theirs is true, provides a good grounding for not just falling for one because it's been rammed into your brain since birth.
Technically it should be neither forced on kids note should it be banned in a public school. Also teachers shouldn't flaunt or promote their religion given their position of privilege in school.
Democracy is the road to Socialism. – Karl Marx
A local school has a prayer group that meets once a week. Attendance is voluntary. At some businesses employees organise prayer groups, which again is voluntary. In these cases it is a not arranged by the school or business and it does not take place during class or work time. I'd be opposed to banning such meetings. It should however be illegal for businesses and schools to arrange prayer meetings where attendance is required and they are intrinsically linked to the school/business.
"Unseen, in the background, Fate was quietly slipping the lead into the boxing-glove..."
I was watching TBN last night and there is a guy on there that actually goes to schools and preaches the gospel in SA. Its his full time job!
So maybe the school principle is allowed to invite religious speakers at his/her discretion?