Students in Victoria, Australia primary schools will soon be offered to take religious education courses that teach that their is no evidence that God exists. The curriculum is being drawn up by the Humanist Society of Victoria.
The state government accreditation body has said that they intend to approve the new curriculum according the The Sunday Age newspaper.
Volunteers who have accreditation will teach their philosophy during class time that has been allotted for religious education. The lessons will be delivered by faith groups. Parents have the option to request their children not attend the classes.
“Atheistical parents will be pleased to hear that humanistic courses of ethics will soon be available in some state schools,” Victorian Humanist Society president Stephen Stuart said.
The society does not deem itself a religious organization. It believes ethics have “no necessary connection with religion”. Humanists believe that people have responsibility for their own destiny and reject the belief that a supernatural force of God is in control.