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Old December 19th, 2012, 12:34 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by L4CX View Post
I actually agree with you on the nativity stuff. I love to see how other religions celebrate their holidays.

I know when I was in high school, 10 years ago , that a student group could do those things because it wasn't endorsed by the school but an act of the students free speech. It's no different then a church using a School on the weekends as it's place of worship. I've seen that before, as odd as it may sound. I'm sure that may have become more restrictive because even in my 4 years of High School the ability for students to have that free speech was being limited by people that were 'offended' by it.

As far as saying kids can't bless thier meal or read/bring thier bible, that's the school infringing on the rights of the students. And it's BS. It's sad, but I think alot of districts have resorted to catering to the most offended instead of what's good for the students.

High school for me was 1977 - 1979.

We had a clas called 'The Bible as literature'

Our social studies class spent a few weeks on the various religions of the world. I still remember what the Muslim call to prayer is.

Student bible groups used the library for meetings after school.

Then (at least in Roseville) some of the local church leaders started questioning why the schools were 'teaching' those 'other' religions- you know, like Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, when the USA was founded on 'Christian Ideals'. Never mind that those same ideals are expressed in virtually every religion- except for perhaps Satanism.

So- the first to go was the social studies look at religion. Well, then some vocal atheist leaning parents started squawking about how the school was 'endorsing' christianity and 'forcing' their children to read the bible. (Bible as literature was an elective course) Eventually, it was decided that to be fair there could be no group religious discourse on school property.

So, oddly enough- in this instance it was a combined effort of Christians and atheists that 'threw God out of school'.

It's kind of sad. I enjoyed those classes-even though I wasn't a believer. The writings of religion are also historical documents. They should be read by both believers and non-believers.
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