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Sunday, January 01, 2012

Attacking prayer in the school

One thing that upsets the NY Times greatly is the possibility of Christian symbols in the public schools, because it threatens their dream of a secular society. The newspaper reports:
It has been nearly 50 years since the Supreme Court ruled that officially sponsored prayer in public schools violated the separation of church and state. ...

In landmark decisions in 1962 and 1963, the Supreme Court barred official promotion of religion in schools. That principle has remained solid, if pilloried by conservatives who blame it for what they see as the nation’s moral and social decline. At the same time, the courts and Congress have also reinforced the rights of students to pray on their own and to form after-school religious clubs. ...

In Sumner County, Tenn., teachers led students in prayer and Bible study, and allowed Gideons International to distribute Bibles during school hours. Officials agreed this month to end the practices. ...

“I definitely think that we should try to get our relationship with Christ back into the schools,” said Mr. Chapman, 43. “Jesus represents everything we want our students to live by.”

For non-Christians to hear this message, he said, is no worse than Bible believers being forced to hear about evolution every day.
That last comment sounds crazy, because evolution is not a religion. But the most prominent evolution educators in the world today, Richard Dawkins, Jerry Coyne, and PZ Myers, are adamant that evolution is the best tool for converting people to the atheist cause. Just read their blogs, where they post regularly on why religion is morally evil and scientifically wrong, and how the theory of evolution is the proof. Or so they say. See for example the Dawkins argument that evolution implies atheism.

While the NY Times gives examples of an occasional Ten Commandments poster or a teacher who says “God bless you”, there is not one example of an American school teaching intelligent design or religion or any evolution skepticism in a science class.

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