In England, a country which has the Anglican Church as its official State religion, there is no mandatory religious education in the public education system. There are, however, optional religious courses for those who wish to learn more about the English faith.
All that is about to change, though. The "Communities" Secretary (a euphemism for "Secretary of Diversity," one imagines) has proposed requiring mandatory education about Islam for all students in every State school:
State school pupils are set to be taught Islamic traditions and values in compulsory citizenship lessons.
The move—part of a package of initiatives announced by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears yesterday - is designed to curb extremism.