Part of the reason the Left and the rest of the country keep missing each other on issues like school prayer, whether science classes must be adamantly materialistic, or how our history will be taught in our schools is that the Left sees education in the US as primarily a purview of the state – the classroom is merely an extension of the government, another bureaucracy which must fall under the rules and regulations that govern all Federal and state bureaucracies. Most parents however see the school as an extension of their communities – their kids spend eight hours a day there, they have meetings and activities there, and their local property taxes pay the lion’s share of the upkeep of those schools.

So when a Leftist talks about ‘separation of church and state’ with regard to schools it is as if he is speaking a language most don’t understand – they don’t see the draconian rules which govern schools as separating church and the state, but as separating children from their parents. And that is where the true conflict lies.

6 Responses to Observations

  1. I just wish we could institute the teachings of Mohammed into schools.

  2. jackhudson says:

    I’m sure you do Michael.

  3. And if you were talking about principle instead of just the promotion of your particular cult, you would agree.

  4. jackhudson says:

    No, I think what I said applies to Muslims as well.

  5. Bettawrekonize says:

    This is one of those things about the ACLU that I don’t like.

    The ACLU does do a lot of good, and there are some things I like about them (ie: they helped in overturning a gene patent, at least for now though who knows what the appellate court(s) will do) and a lot of what they do does protect free speech, but when it comes to issues of religion they seem to do quite a bit to try and prevent students from praying and acknowledging God at public schools.

    I’m also not too happy about their pro abortion position as well. They’re like a double edge sword, some good, some bad.

    I guess the bigger problem for me is that it’s difficult to find any organization that agrees with me on everything. The ACLJ is a good organization when it comes to being pro life and being pro religious freedoms and expression though.

  6. Justin says:

    At least the left should be able to understand, coming from this secularized position, that teaching morality should be off limits, but they are right in there, teaching acceptance of homosexuality or premarital sex or other such contra-religious positions.

    They definitely don’t practice what they preach.

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