It’s a new educational pilot program. Due to concern over an era of moral uncertainty, students will be required to take a class in religion or ethics.
Where is this “unconstitutional” program being introduced? Alabama? South Carolina? Alaska?
Nyet! It’s Russia.
According to MSNBC the Kremlin’s plan is to introduce the program to about 12,000 schools, perhaps expanding nationwide within the next couple of years.
Despite constitutional separation of church and state found in Russia, the program gives students the choice between one of the four leading religions in Russia (Orthodox, Jewish, Islam, and Buddhism), an overview of all four, or a class in secular ethics.
Obviously this will be more educational than evangelistic, yet it is an interesting development. With the atheistic tradition of recent Russian history, allowing religion to be taught at all is almost incomprehensible. What remains to be seen is its effectiveness.