Teaching about religions is not advocating for them any more than teaching about war advocates for war. And as for the objection that it would violate the separation between church and state, that's not true.
For those of you who are news junkies, then you, like me and many others, are saddened when you hear the word Jerusalem, the city of negative spiritually, religious tension, and embarrassing political news.
Malaysia's king urged authorities Monday to take stern action against religious hatemongers amid government efforts to rebuild trust following a dispute over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims.
The underlying assumption of the Parliament is that religion can be a positive force for moral suasion of individuals and society by providing a vision of a better world and promoting necessary values.
The important debate is not about conversions, but between the unifiers and the dividers -- between those who think all Indians are "us," and those who think that Indians can be divided into "us" and "them."