RE could save youngsters from extremists, say MPs

By Padraic Flanagan, Telegraph


Better teaching of religion would increase community harmony and lessen the risk of radicalisation, says all-party MPs report


Youngsters could be prevented from becoming radicalised by violent extremists if religious education was improved in schools, MPs have said.


A report by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Religious Education also concluded that tension among multi-faith communities is reduced when young people are given classes on religion and beliefs.


It said the subject can help to encourage good relations by giving youngsters a chance to think about their own beliefs and values and to consider religious, ethical and philosophical issues from different points of view.


RE classes also allow pupils to ask questions and address contentious topics, look at why misconceptions exist about some groups and teaches them to be “informed, active citizens”, the APPG said.


The report comes amid growing concern at how vulnerable groups of young people can be radicalised by violent extremists and fundamentalists who claim religious backing for their militant views.


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