When will we ever stop debating the issue of teaching religiously based doctrine in our public classrooms?
I know the answer to that one. Never! It’s going to go on for as long as human beings interact with each other.
I wrote a blog item four years ago, about the time the statewide election campaign was ramping up. Here’s what it said:
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is seeking re-election this year. He’s already demonstrated his desire to discriminate against transgendered people by insisting on a “Bathroom Bill” that requires people to use public restrooms that comport with the gender assigned to them on their birth certificate. He says “big-city liberals” favor “open borders” that allow criminals to flood into the state and the nation.
Four years ago he pitched the notion of requiring public school teachers to instruct their students on the biblical theory of “creationism.” I might be willing to bet real American money that he brings it up again this year.
I feel the need to stipulate once again that although the U.S. Constitution does not contain the words “church and state separation,” it is clearly implied in the First Amendment. The Amarillo Globe-News editorial page continues to insist that the absence of such a reference makes it OK to teach religious doctrine in public schools.
Read my lips: The founding fathers created a secular government. The First Amendment is as crystal clear as it can be: Congress shall make no law establishing a state religion. Right there is your church-state separation clause.
We are one month into a new election year. The discussion no doubt will rage once again about creationism and whether it belongs in a public school classroom.
It does not!
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