The claim that public schools are “religion-free” zones is a Religious Right myth that has no basis in reality.
Public schools can (and do) teach about religion. Teachers discuss its role in world and U.S. history. They talk about biblical allusions found in great works of literature. They lecture on how religion has influenced art and music.
The approach must be objective and tied to legitimate educational objectives. Proselytism or elevating one faith over others has no place in the classroom.
During this election cycle, a lot of candidates have been pandering incessantly to the Religious Right under the assumption that wearing one’s religion on one’s sleeve will mean more votes.
Turns out they’re wrong.
A survey conducted by LifeWay Research, which is the research arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, found that just 16 percent of Americans are more likely to vote for a candidate who speaks regularly about his or her religious beliefs.
Our nation has more than a few pressing problems.
The economy is in the tank, unemployment is unacceptably high and foreclosures are kicking many families into the street. The gap between the uber-wealthy and everybody else gets wider every day, and many people are worried about how we’ll pay for Social Security and Medicare as more baby boomers join the rolls.
So what’s on the agenda in the U.S. House of Representatives today?
You guessed it: two bills promoting religion on government property.
Leaders of the Roman Catholic hierarchy in Pennsylvania were pretty excited about the possibility of a private school voucher subsidy passing in the state. Gov. Tom Corbett was solidly behind the program, and it was assumed that an influx of conservative legislators in the state Senate and House of Representatives would back the scheme.
It amazes me that so much hatred and anger lies just below the surface of many people, and that it takes so little to bring out vile words and actions.
My colleague Rob Boston previously wrote about Jessica Ahlquist, a 16-year-old high school student who filed suit to have a prayer banner removed from Cranston High School West in Cranston, R.I.
Should Americans pray for the death of the president?
Two Topeka pastors don’t think so, and they are scheduled to deliver a petition with 30,000 names today to House Speaker Mike O’Neal of Kansas calling on the state legislative leader to resign.
West Suburban Chicago AU welcomes Manya Brachear, Religion Reporter for the Chicago Tribune, who will speak on: "A Love Story: One Religion Reporter’s Romance with, The First Amendment."
The 60th annual National Prayer Breakfast will take place Feb. 2 here in Washington, D.C.
This event is privately sponsored by a shadowy fundamentalist Christian group called “The Family” (also known as the Fellowship Foundation). You might remember them from a few years ago, when a nasty sex scandal erupted over their infamous “C Street House” and the rowdy escapades of some of its residents.