The whole idea of “special religious instruction” in public schools is a joke. In theory, it’d be great because kids could learn about the beliefs of all different faiths, but in practice, it’s just a way to push Christianity into the classroom.
That’s the case in Victoria, Australia, where story after story suggests that volunteer groups — and they’re always Christian volunteers — are using the time with students to seek converts instead of merely educating them about what they believe.
There’s a fantastic group called Fairness In Religions In School (FIRIS) trying to raise awareness of the abuses. To that end, they’re launching a billboard campaign today to let parents know what their kids are being taught in schools: