It's amazing what crap you can come out with if you are illiterate like the Christian Today journalist who wrote the above garbage.

Of course, Cornish schools are not going to teach paganism, anymore than they now teach Christianity. All English schools (even the church schools, even the Roman Catholic schools) have to, by law, teach ABOUT the religions of the world in our government set religious education syllabus. But then a headline stating that Cornish schools are going to teach their pupils about paganism wouldn't get the Christian Today ("Let your yes be yes and your no be no") brigade climbing on their high horses and galloping around their suburban streets screaming "The end of the world is nigh!"

Mind you, the pagan gods have got their own back on the mischievous evangelicals. Google had chosen the following advertisements to accompany this article on the Christian Today webpage. Tee hee!



  1. On this side of the pond, the fact that the Boy Scouts are, “non-sectarian” by their own definition has still not penetrated in parts of the organization where members think that means Roman Catholics and Methodists can both be Scouts. ;;sigh;;


  2. Little old lady that I am, back when I was a high school senior, we had a course that was required for graduation. It was called “Problems of Democracy.” One whole grading period of the class was taken up in compatitive religion: Christian, including various denominations; differences in the Roman and Eastern churches; Judism; Islam including several branches; Budism; and on and on. Being a university town, we had the advantage of hearing directly from many practioners of the various faiths. I cannot remember even one parent getting bent out of shape about our student body increasing their knowledge of others they would encounter in the world around them. This was in the 1960s in Alabama.

  3. That’s amazing, BooCat! I hate to think what would happen now in most Southern states, including Tennessee,where I was raised, if this was proposed for most high schools. Members of tiny independent churches all over would be up in arms for sure.

  4. I don’t know. Cornwall still has a lot of the old religion. The kids will probably already know more about it than the teachers.

  5. Well, considering a lot of my students think the Da Vinci Code is a book from the Bible, I can see more things to worry about than a bit of Wicca!

  6. Religious Education is not part of the National Curriculum. It is compulsory (including sixth forms that ignore it!). What is taught is dependent on local SACREs. RE is both teaching about religion (not necessarily religions) and teaching from religion (to involve the pupil in empathetic activity). So one would expect at least Cornwall, Lancashire (eg Pendle Witches) and Somerset (Glastonbury) to teach Paganism and the Pagan Federation to provide some material resources.