I had to explain the peculiarities of this issue from a USA perspective, as my friend was from another culture:
Well, in the USA we have Secularism in our forming documents. “Separation of Church and State”. That means we can’t have a state religion.
So what we have is Secularism. Secularism _looks like_ atheism on the surface, but it’s not. Atheism is considered a religious choice in the USA.
So when the teacher used the process of Critical Thinking on a 12 year old girl in a state-sponsored school to force her to conclude, “There is no God”, she had crossed over a 275 year old line that is part of our founding documents.
It’s a unique Americanism that we have this and I imagine it makes some things difficult for teachers, but it’s “how we do things here”.ere”.