To the editor,
When Colchester-North MLA Karen Casey was appointed Minister of Education I sent out an email asking her to consider bringing the Bible back into the education system.
I was happily surprised recently to receive a call from Peter Smith, co-ordinator of Youth Pathways and Transitions in Halifax, who outlined the department's policy on teaching religion in N.S. schools.
A few days ago I received in the mail a draft document entitled "Application for Approval of a locally Developed Course Comparative World Religions 12 (Academic)” compiled the Halifax Regional School Board in 2006.
This document teaches the beliefs of Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, plus the examination of the problems of evil, life after death, creation, cloning, cults, prayer (divine intervention) and more.
Under "Christianity" the student would be required to describe the life of Jesus, examine the major Christian beliefs, compare major denominational doctrines, examine old and new testaments teachings, and, among other studies, to analyze the Christian belief on political policy.
From my viewpoint, this document, if formally approved by this Liberal government, is a masterpiece in teaching Nova Scotia's young people the spirit of discernment of good and evil and would do well to reduce juvenile delinquency in today's society.