Malta should replace "Religion" with "Comparative Religion" in schools

Nevada, USA, Sept 6, 2009: Hindus have asked Malta to replace the subject of “religion” with “comparative religion” in its public primary and secondary schools.

According to Constitution of Malta (Chapter I, Article 2, Item 3): “Religious teaching of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Faith shall be provided in all State schools as part of compulsory education.”

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that under the subject of “religion”, Malta should come up with a comparative religion class teaching basics of all major world religions, including the viewpoint of non-believers.

Rajan Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that opening-up the Malta children to major world religions and non-believers’ viewpoint would make them well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlightened citizens of tomorrow. It also made a good business sense to know the beliefs of “others” in a global community. Moreover, students should have knowledge of the entire society to become full participants in the European community.

Maltese islands were first settled reportedly in 5,200 BCE. Few European countries have such concentrated architecture, history, and beaches in so small an area as Malta. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksha (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

- Washington Bangla Radio News