Because freedom can't protect itself
I read the ACLU's article found under freedom of religion and beliefs (which I am living testimony that this will be abolished in the upcoming years in this country)-anyway,the article I am speaking about is entitled "ACLU Challenges Bible Classes in Texas Public Schools". I totally agree with Dr.T.Jeremy Gunn who states that "Parents, not public schools should teach religious beliefs to children," and he also says,"Governments and public schools have no business deciding which religious beliefs are true and then using public schools to proselytize children." The public school system along with our government has no right to sanction a certain set of religious beliefs as well as a particular version of those beliefs to be taught to our young. This should be decided by the parents of each individual child. Every religious denomination has their own set of beliefs and may or may not use the Bible as the foundation for their beliefs, let alone use the particular version of the Bible that the school district named in the article is using to teach the curriculum. If our government is going to get that involved in promoting a particular religion in this country, what would prevent them from eventually sanctioning an "official government religion" for the US with penalties for those who choose to practice a different faith? This is what has happened in China. They have The Patriotic Official Church with its Patriotic Association overseeing, regulating,and approving or denying all goings-on in this government sanctioned church. Those who have a different belief system than the one approved by the official church are usually persecuted or imprisoned. What really is disturbing to me in the article is how secretive the creators of the course, namely the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, have been when people have tried to get information about the course. Dr. Gunn writes that when he attempted to find the author of the course, there was no author listed and he was not allowed to order a copy of the textbook online. Why would these people feel the need to be secretive about a curriculum they are teaching already in our public school system? If they truly felt it wouldn't upset people, they would not feel the need to be secretive. Also, just the fact that it is being used in our PUBLIC schools means that information about it should be accessible to all Americans supporting the public schools with their tax money.
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