ROC: we need to expand the teaching of religions in schools to combat terrorism

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The school course «fundamentals of religious cultures and secular ethics» we need to expand to counter terrorism and to teach children to distinguish the traditional religion from extremist ideas, said Wednesday the head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, speaking at the plenary session of the Federation Council.

«We must ensure that our citizens know what is taught by traditional religion, in contrast to what the real Islam from terrorism under Islamic banners. And this is a critical need to expand the teaching of religion in elementary, middle and high school,» said Metropolitan Hilarion.

According to him, the current one hour per week of exercises for the course «fundamentals of religious cultures and secular ethics» is not enough. The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church stressed that the classes are only educational in nature and are not intended treatment of children in a particular faith.

«Secularity, which is constantly invoked by the advocates of the secular worldview should not be considered as a ban on teaching religions in schools. Required competent professional specialists, teachers, professors of higher educational institutions», — said the Chairman of the DECR.

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