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Skousen's Scandalous Schools

Students attending Heritage Academy, a string of charter schools in three Arizona cities, are learning some unusual things.

In an American Government class and other courses, students are taught that non-believers are mentally unfit, the Constitution was inspired by the Bible and evolution is an unsound theory.

The American Government course looks to be drenched in religion. It’s based on 28 principles that supposedly are required for sound government. Many of them are religious in nature.

Controversial Charter: A Tax-Funded Ariz. School Is Off Track

Americans United last month filed a federal lawsuit designed to clean up some church-state problems at an Arizona charter school. As charter schools grow in popularity, this case could set a national precedent.

Remember, charter schools for the purposes of separation of church and state are public institutions. They are arms of the public school system and are funded by the taxpayers. They aren’t private schools, and they can’t engage in religious indoctrination.

Students At An Ariz. Public Charter School Are Being Taught Religious Belief In Government Class, So Americans United Filed Suit

“All things were created by God, therefore upon Him all mankind are equally dependent, and to Him they are equally responsible.”

That sentence appears in a required textbook used in the American Government class at Heritage Academy, a public charter school for seventh through twelfth graders with three campusus near Phoenix, Ariz.  

Troubling Textbooks

Cleon Skousen had some unusual views about the origins of the Ameri­can republic.

According to Skousen, a former FBI agent and university professor who died in 2006, America’s founders modeled the nation on the tribes of ancient Israel. He also believed that the U.S. Constitution was anchored in the scriptures of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and that only the Mormon faith could save America from destruction.

Pocketful Of Problems: Group Providing Constitutions To Fla. Public School Students Believes Church-State Separation Doesn’t Exist

It seems Florida public school students have been handed a pocketful of lies about church-state separation thanks to a state judge who arranged for the distribution of mini copies of the Constitution from a right-wing group with theocratic beliefs.

Back in 2006, then-Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred Lewis created a program called Justice Teaching in order to help children learn about the Constitution, the Tampa Bay Times reported.