Religious Instruction: You Kids Are Going To Hell!

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kids going to hellKids being told that they are “going to hell” in bible classes is something that we are repeatedly told “does not happen” by Christians supportive of Religious Instruction Classes. However, I know it does because I’ve seen so many comments to that effect. I should have saved them all (kicking myself) but in only a few minutes, I was able to find 6 quotes from people in NZ who either experienced that for themselves or whose children were attacked in this way. I’ve also heard of other school kids threatening their non-Christian friends with hell because they don’t believe in God. Some might say that this is not the responsibility of actual teachers or bible teachers but I say that you can’t bring a religious ideology into a school and then claim no responsibility for how it spreads.  I’ll add to this list as I can.

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“I had a Salvation Army RI teacher tell me at the age of 7 that my parents were sinners that would burn in hell and I would never see them again, I was beside myself for hours.” – C.B. (Facebook)


It is a loophole that schools “close” for the half hour that these people, most of whom are lovely and earnest, are in the classrooms. Some of them cross the line and my daughter came home about a year ago, asking if I would be going to hell and if she had to as well. I would far rather, given our changing society, to have my children taught about different religions, tolerance, to ask questions without fear of reprisal or judgement, and to gain an appreciation for other cultures and beliefs, than the current state of affairs. – L.F. (Facebook)


“My son was being harassed two or three times every week. ‘Why don’t you believe in God?’, ‘you’re going to hell’, and that sort of thing. My daughter was also being told that she should believe in God as well.” – Tanya Jacob (Education Review)


“…that changed about two years ago after Emily was told she would go to hell when stating during a lesson that she did not believe in God.” – Paul Bennett (NZ Herald)


Her daughter came home one day and said, “mummy, do we pray?” My friend said, “no, it’s not something we believe in.” Her daughter looked worried and said, “but I learned today that if we don’t pray, we go to hell. Are we going to hell?” – M.B (Facebook)


“…when I was a child I was harassed by the teachers and students because I didn’t believe in Christianity it was awful at the age of 5 thinking you would go to hell for not doing or believing a certain thing.” – J.M. (Facebook)


“The ex-principal of Whangaparoa College told me he had seen a class told the non-Church goers were “going to hell”.” – J.M (Reddit)


“It was a member of her church who saw nothing wrong with teaching my then 5 year olds class all about hell alongside ‘but if you believe in God you get to go to heaven’.” – J.W. (Facebook)


“When our daughter was 6 we had to allay her fears that Mummy and Daddy would be going to hell because we don’t believe in Jesus…. I was so angry, we opted her out the next day… what kind of values is that? Scaring little children.” – K.S. (Facebook)


“I opted to remove my kids from Bible in schools when Miss 7 came home and called me a sinner because I had left her father. The opinions of a teacher who I had never met don’t need to be foisted onto a small child.” – T.T. (Facebook)


“When my son told his class “mates” he didn’t believe in God, he got told, “God will kill you”, offered to be beaten up and treated horrendously by half the class and older kids.
He said some of the meanest kids were “Christians” and was told he he would go to Hell. Because he “..believed in science..”.” – A.S. (Facebook)


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