Debate – Christian Stupidity?
Okay, the title got you to read on, didn’t it? Well this post is on something that might be potential Christian stupidity… or it could just be someone not thinking things through before hitting the Confirm button… but isn’t that a form of stupidity?
Today as I was perusing my Facebook, I happened across an invitation to join the cause “Put Christ Back Into Schools.” Normally I ignore most causes. Not because I am cold-hearted, but because I simply do not see the point to join a cause that I will never contribute to, talk about, or really do anything more with than let sit in my list of causes I belong to. But I looked at this one because it is not the first friend of mine who joined it and invited me to do likewise.
I was a tad bit disturbed by what I read in the opening paragraph.
The cause states it exists to “allow freedom of praying and reading of the Bible in all schools across America.” It then goes on to demand that teachers be allowed to teach from the Bible and only the Bible at any time, and that the Bible (and only the Bible) be allowed as an elective in all schools and not forced upon students.
There are a couple of problems here.
The points conflict. You cannot enforce the Bible as the sole curriculum without forcing it upon students. And upon further investigation, a lot of the people engaged in discussions on the site (and this is sad: those arguing against the group’s principals are making more educated arguments than those who are supporting it. Not good for the group) are arguing that we should return to the Christian Nation roots from which we sprang, so naturally we should re-install Scripture as the only form of education in our public schools. Except for one glaring fact. We were NEVER a “Christian Nation.” This nation was founded on the principals of freedom to worship however we want, and to be free from the tyranny of the king. Take a look through the founding documents. We were founded on a lot of pretty selfish ideals when you get right down to it. Then you get into the fact that across the country, many teens are allowed to bring their Bible to school with them, are allowed to pray (just not allowed to take over school functions with it) and there are countless Christian-supported and founded organizations and clubs that are indeed allowed to meet on school property. Yet these groups are pretty sparsely attended in many areas.
Now, I understand that an educator’s faith is not allowed in the classroom (a sad thing really, as many have a lot to share that could indeed enhance the learning process), but the rest of this group’s existence seems more like an argument to get their way rather than a genuine seeking after glorifying God’s name. This group has over 200,000 members lining up with this belief (typically if you join a group that exists for only two reasons you believe them both. Or you are just dumb for not reading before you click join).
What do you think about it? Are your teens allowed to read Scripture in school? Are they prevented from praying? Are you a member of this group?