Skipster and Spider, I agree...BTW my sister went through something like this in Jr. High. I think a lot of teachers don't want to touch religion with a ten-foot pole, which is kind of too bad. How can you understand the world today without understanding the powerful influences that religion have on it?
Thanks. And it's important simply as part of one's overall knowledge to understand what different religions are all about. Teaching about the principles of Christianity, Buddhism, or Hinduism doesn't imply that they are right, only that they exist and are, as you say, very influentuial.