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Religion should be taught as part of the public education curriculum

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Religion plays a large role in current public school curricula in Arab countries throughout their different stages.

Since these countries have a Muslim majority and their constitutions affirm that Islam is the official religion of the state, they can impose religious education in schools.

Religion plays a large role in current public school curricula in Arab countries throughout their different stages.

Since these countries have a Muslim majority and their constitutions affirm that Islam is the official religion of the state, they can impose religious education in schools.

Supporters of the motion believe that requiring religious education lessons is the first step to preserving the Islamic identity of the Arab community, and to prevent any attempts to distort or change the customs and traditions of Arab families. They also find that teaching religious curriculum under the supervision of the state prevents the exposure of students to extremist ideas.

Opponents of requiring religious education in state schools have a number of concerns. The state is likely to choose a curriculum that emphasizes one interpretation of Islam or Christianity that fails to reflect the intellectual diversity of these faiths. They also are likely to prefer interpretations that emphasize obedience and submitting to official authority as it serves their political interests. This politicization of religious education may corrupt religion in the eyes of some.

Many Arab states do not recognize religions practiced by some of their citizens, like the Baha’i faith in Egypt. Thus no curriculum can be prepared for this group of students. By separating students from a young age according to religion the state is teaching students to see each other as divided and different rather than as a group of united citizens. This could reinforce sectarian sentiments in society and makes it impossible to create a sense of equal citizenship.

Submit a video no longer than 99 seconds on why you agree or disagree with the motion. Video submissions are open until April 14 at 23:00 GMT. Voting ends on April 16 at 23:00 GMT.

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