Macquarie University researcher Dr Catherine Byrne is shocked by what she's hearing in her research on religious instruction at public schools, Tory Shepherd reports in an article published at The Australian.
Among her findings: Children are suffering anxiety and nightmares from grisly crucifixion depictions, kids are told they're going to burn in hell, children are taught that it is sinful to worship "false gods" other than the Christian god, "the Jews had it coming," and parents are hesitant to complain, fearful that their complaints might negatively affect their children's education. While parents can opt their children out of the religious education classes, their children are often left unattended if they do so.
According to the article, Byrne "met with government officials but they were 'too frightened' about losing the Christian lobby vote to intervene."
“This is a national problem and a national disgrace,” Dr. Bryne is reported as saying.