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Наставни садржаји који могу угрозити слободу вере
Educational Content that May Endanger Religious Freedom

Author(s): Nenad Tupeša
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Education, Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, Theology and Religion, Politics and law, Politics and religion, Politics and society, State/Government and Education, Sociology of Education
Published by: Правни факултет Универзитета у Источном Сарајеву
Keywords: Law;Educational content;Religious education;Sexual education;Churches;Religious associations;Freedom;
Summary/Abstract: In this paper, the author analyzes the impossibility of coexistence of educational contents that are contradictory to one another. The author tries to point at the problem of opposites that originates in the phenomenon of contemporary existence of religious education as an optional subject in the school system of Republic of Srpska and an attempt to introduce new educational content entitled “Sexual education” as an optional subject in high schools in Serbia. According to the Article 40 of the Law on Churches and Religious Associations, “the right to deliver religious education in civil and private elementary and high schools is guaranteed by the law”, which results from the Article 1 of the same Law (Official Gazette of Republic of Srpska, No. 36/2006). The author wants to point at the danger of introducing the subject “Sexual education” in schools, which is in collision with the aforementioned Law, which may endanger the principal moral values of the traditional Churches and religious associations, as well as to cause a negative critique by the society. The rush toward the European way of integrations, which, in the words of professor Panov, demands the sacrifice of real and original moral values for the sake of the propagated moral suspension, is actually a wrong path that has “Sexual education” or, as they named it in the pilot project, “Reproductive health education” as one of its many small stops.