Just an observation really. Whenever I read about American religion I encounter the “God was removed from school’s in 1963: Bring back School Prayer” groups.
Yet does prayer in school actually lead to theistic belief? I attended an English state school, where religious observation, in the form of a school assembly and “corporate act of worship” is actually a legal requirement. I prayed every morning, afternoon and lunchtime with my class mates. I also studied Religious Education (mandatory to 16), and continued with it to postgrad level.
Yet all these things did was render me an avowed atheist. It was many many years after I left school before I returned to my religion… So if school prayer and religious education are in fact desirable from the viewpoint of proselytising, why is the UK so overwhelmingly secular compared with the US?
I have asked this question repeatedly on Christian forums, yet never recieved a sensible answer. Any thoughts? England is a “Christian Nation”, with an Established Church. Does education in religion really serve the purposes of evangelism? Or is quite the contrary true?
If so, did the Religious Right make a tactical error to try and put God back in school?