[Marxism] Re: The hijab controversy

clyder at gn.apc.org clyder at gn.apc.org
Tue Feb 17 16:17:01 MST 2004

Quoting Johannes Schneider <Johannes.Schneider at gmx.net>:

A key issue is whether the state funds and supports religious education
which it does in the UK. This surely has to be opposed by socialists.

> Marvin Gandall wrote:
> >
> > Johannes also says that "Friedrich Engels was even in favour of
> > tolerance for religious schools. In
> > 1891 he wrote...'You cannot bar the churches from founding schools out
> > of their own money and teaching their non-sense there" (My translation,
> > JS)'.
> >
> > This isn't in dispute. I don't think anyone is proposing the forcible
> > closure of religious schools
> Paul wrote:
> "education is secular. This involves the abolition of religious schools"
> I know Paul can speak for himself, but do I misunderstand him when I say 
> he proposes the closure of religious schools?
> Engels might have been wrong or today the question of religious schools 
> needs another answer, but I think it is wrong to see an agreement, where 
> there is in fact some disagreement in the immediate demands to raise.
> Johannes 
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