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should they be teaching religion in public schools?

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Protecting freedom of religion is no easy task; particularly in Florida -- a state that is rich with diversity. Floridians of every background, skin color, religion and belief work and live alongside each other.

The Jeffersonian metaphor of a wall separating church and state is America’s constitutional tradition. Those seeking to strengthen our religious heritage by promoting government sponsorship of religion reject this metaphor, but they are short sighted. History has shown time and time again that religion prospers best when government neither impedes nor endorses religion.



Asked by Anonymous at 3:46 PM on Jan. 16, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • All or none.
    If you could actually get UNBIASED teachers, it'd be an amazing class.

    Unfortantely, it'd be hard to get an unbiased teacher, and the kids who'd really NEED to take that class would not be the ones taking it.

    Answer by RanaAurora at 7:12 PM on Jan. 16, 2009

  • Earlier this week, we announced that a federal judge in Pensacola issued a preliminary injunction preventing Santa Rosa County School District officials from proselytizing and conducting other religious activities in public schools. The court’s order requires school officials to discontinue policies and practices by which they have promoted religion throughout the public schools. This order will protect protect the rights of all students to not have their religious beliefs dictated by their school teachers or administrators. It returns religion to where it belongs and where it prospers—in the homes and houses of worship across America.


    Answer by Anonymous at 3:47 PM on Jan. 16, 2009

  • The issue in Santa Rosa County, as is so often the case, is not about "public" expression of religion. Rather, it’s about the governmental endorsement and promotion of a specific religion in public schools; an action that local school officials have already admitted is unconstitutional to a federal judge.

    The ACLU has a proud history of defending religious freedom in Florida, including recently supporting the right of Christians to protest against a gay pride event held in the City of St. Petersburg. We also represented people of various religious faiths by suing to prevent the removal and destruction of religious symbols including crosses, stars of David, and other forms of religious expression placed on gravesites in Boca Raton.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:48 PM on Jan. 16, 2009

  • The Santa Rosa School District admitted to the court that it violated students’ constitutional rights by sponsoring prayer at school events such as graduations, orchestrating religious baccalaureate services, and proselytizing students during class and extra-curricular activities. The court’s order prevents future advancement of religion by school officials while the ACLU works with the school district to develop a plan to ensure they are in line with constitutional values. The court’s ruling, which takes effect on January 19, prohibits all school district officials from:

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:48 PM on Jan. 16, 2009

  • hmm.. in my opinon no religion should not be taughts in schools, only because if you want your child to learn about religion they should go to a religous school.. i dont know i'm not a great believer in any particular religon thats probably i oppose it! i mean like my sons hasnt even been baptised, so yeah i dont know.. different people different opinions i guess.

    Answer by MommaBear1129 at 3:49 PM on Jan. 16, 2009

  • promoting or sponsoring prayers during school-sponsored events, including graduation;
    planning or financing religious baccalaureate services;
    holding school-sponsored events at religious venues when alternative venues are reasonably available;
    and proselytizing students in class or during school-sponsored events and activities, and allowing school officials to promote the personal religious beliefs.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:49 PM on Jan. 16, 2009

  • NO

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:53 PM on Jan. 16, 2009

  • I agree with these statements.

    I have always thought that a general world religion class should be required. I believe that understanding will help bring peace. So many problems are caused because of religions. If people could understand and therefore respect anothers opinions, conflicts could greatly decrease.

    Answer by jcsscfam5 at 3:53 PM on Jan. 16, 2009

  • I did not read the whole article, but my answer to the original question is a big NO.

    Answer by figaro8895 at 3:54 PM on Jan. 16, 2009

  • nope religion is something that should be thought at home, place of worship and/or religious/private schools.

    Answer by ny.chica at 3:57 PM on Jan. 16, 2009