what an excellent post in response to such utter nonsense. but i have a tiny correction:
The very first Amendment to our Constitution states:
quote:"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"
The bold section is what we call the "establishment clause." It means that no governmental agency (local, state, or federal) can make a law that establishes a state religion.
this isn't entirely accurate. technically speaking, it only means that federal law making agencies (eg: the congress) can't establish a state religion. the "state" part was secured by the fourteenth amendment, which says in part:
quote:No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States;
the issue of states' rights in a federalist government is something that actually took some time to work out in our country. we didn't especially solve it until just after the civil war over those very issues. and judging by some recent republican rhetoric, some might say we still haven't solved it today.
the "local" was secured by logical extension (probably supreme court cases) of the argument for the "state" part: that these were liberties the founding fathers intended for the people -- individual liberty over religious affiliation -- and not for the states.
What you are describing is a comparative religion course. It would examine all pertinent views, and would not select any one view as the TRVTH. ... But if you let creationists preach a course, you violate the constitution and do a disservice to the students.
That's what creationists want, of course.
right. they want their brand injected into schools, and nobody else's. because i think they inherently understand what many of their children end up learning in college:
christian + comparative religion course = atheist.
Edited by arachnophilia, : typo, even in a short post!
but it's not the state's responsibility to coddle religion. if reality contradicts that religion, then it is not the state's fault for teaching things that contradict the religion. religions should just try to not make false claims.
My great insistence is that the founding Yankee and southern Puritan and Protestant population who gave the constitution legitimacy and so its force NEVER intended anything to ban God or Genesis in schools as the truth or options for truth on points of origin.
no, of course they didn't.
because they didn't plan for mandatory, state-funded public education.
they also didn't intend for slavery to end. or for women to gain the right to vote.