Under this bill public school pupils could obtain school credit for religious coursework taken off campus during regular school hours.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that religious and moral grounding of students was a good idea, but instead of teaching one religion to students, Ohio schools should be directed to come up with a comparative religion class teaching basics of all major world religions, including the viewpoint of non-believers.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that opening-up the Ohio children to major world religions and non-believers? viewpoint would make them well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlightened citizens of?tomorrow. It also made a good business sense to know the beliefs of ?others? in a global community. Moreover, students should have knowledge of the entire society to become full participants in the society.
Rajan Zed says that Ohio, a culturally diverse society, besides various Christian denominations, has now a considerable population of Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, non-believers, etc.
Talking about the religious course bill, Zed pointed out that it would be difficult to find teachers of Hinduism and other minority religions in smaller communities. Non-Hindu students, however, would be welcome to Hinduism classes wherever available when this bill was implemented, Zed added.