I confess that I post far more often on Facebook than here, because it’s much easier to share interesting articles with a few clicks on my phone than it is to get a turn on the computer at a time when I can actually sit down, think, and write all at the same time.
But some things are worth sharing twice, and now that I have a quiet moment near the computer I want to do some cross-posting.
I shared an article about an outraged father who learned that his 4th grade son had been instructed by his public school teacher to write, “I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.”
I also want to share one of my comments in the discussion that followed. This was in response to a question from a non-US resident who asked if religion was taught in our public schools, and if it was mandatory.
How do we know what we know? How do we separate truth from fiction? How do we decide what is important in education and what is irrelevant or unimportant? All of these questions are religious in their nature, and each person’s answers must come from within his/her religious framework. Religion is far more than where you go to church. It is about who is the ultimate authority in your worldview. Who do you think defines good and evil, truth and falsehood, right and wrong? God? Government? Your feelings? The majority? When you answer that question, you have named your god and the source of your religion.
Public schools do teach religion.