Do public school teachers have the right to include their opinions on social issues in schools? If the separation of church and state in schools protects parents from having their children “educated” on religious values that are opposed to their own personal religious values, what about socially moral values that include “religiously-fervored” beliefs about non-religious issues like the environment, health and sex education? If the principle of the separation of church and state is to hold government institutions neutral on religious issues why not also on social issues that have no place in academia.
There was a recent story in Canada about a kindergarten student afraid of taking his sandwich to school in a zipper-style plastic bag because his teacher had told the class than anyone “caught” using these type of bag would be ineligible for a teddy bear contest the class was having. If this isn’t a clear case of propaganda that has not association with the fundamentals of education (reading, writing, math, history and science) then I don’t know what does.
In my new article for Examiner.com, I talk about how social issues should be included in the principle of the separation of church and state in public schools. As always, I close the article with a very tongue-in-cheek reference.
Click here to reach \”Does Environmental Activism Violate the Separation of Church & State?\”
Is the “War on Christmas” a “vast Right-Wing conspiracy” or a “Liberal attempt to secularize America”? Actually, it seems ripe to be much ado about nothing. We love to make mountains out of ant hills these days (see “War on Christmas: People Love War”).
The “War on Christmas” is the perceived battle between Christians and non-believers on the significance the Christmas holiday gets this time of year. Sited evidence that Christmas is being attacked includes the replacement of “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays,” some government agencies calling them “holiday trees” instead of “Christmas trees” and this year, Atheists billboards calling for a “season for reason.” Christmas observers state that political correctness has simply gone too far.
Click here to read the full article \”The War on Christmas: Much Ado About Nothing\” Available on Examiner.com, Associated Content and various other syndicated websites.
Without a doubt, this six-part series is the authority when it comes to religion and America. No matter your religious preference, it’s something you should watch to get a better understanding of how religion and the freedom of religion in this country has developed and continues to unfold.
It touches upon America from the first European settlers, Thomas Jefferson and the separation of church & state all the way to present day issues with regards to Atheists and Muslims. I found the material on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War most interesting. Actually, all six parts are chock-full of great information and insight. If you are interested at all in American history and religion, you have to see this series.
The series is available online at pbs.org (click here for the link) and has been rebroadcast over the past couple of months so look for it. Take a look at this extended preview.
I’m working on a series of articles on the U.S. Separation of Church & State which will use the PBS series “God in America” as the basis for it’s source material. I am only a third of the way through the series and so far the importance of the wall of separation couldn’t be clearer from our beginning.
I read a Reuters story about the mounting pressure the French public school system is facing from Muslims that includes not teaching about the Holocaust, the Crusades and evolution. It’s a sign of what’s to come here in the US. For those who question the challenges the ACLU bring up about the separation, you’ll want to read the Examiner article (linked below) I wrote on the French situation and how it affects us.
I am convinced that there is no greater right in this country that the freedom of religion and the principle of the separation of church and state and how that protects us from undue influences. Click below to read my article and let me know what you think.
Click here for a link to my article on this subject
I’ve written a three part series of articles pertaining to the new TLC show (“Sister Wives”) about a polygamist and his family. The family’s objective is to show America how normal they are. It certainly raises the question as to whether polygamy is the next challenge to traditional marriage. This three-part series addresses both what the Bible has to say about polygamy and about the history of polygamy laws in this country. Some of the facts may surprise you. Click the link and take a look. I’d love to hear how you feel about this possible new direction for marriage in America.
Click Here for National Examiner Article on Polygamy
My latest article is about why the separation of church and state is so important, especially when you compare it to how the Iranian government’s is run by Islamic clerics.
Here’s the link to the article: Click here for the Article
Let me know what you think with either a comment during the article or here on this blog.