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Why We Need To Start Teaching About Religions In School

Why We Need To Start Teaching About Religions In School | Religion and Education | Scoop.it
Teaching about religions is not advocating for them any more than teaching about war advocates for war. And as for the objection that it would violate the separation between church and state, that's not true.
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Schiffman, Richard. (3 April 2012). Why we need to start teaching about religions in schools. Retrived from http:www.huffingtonpost.com

 

The word religion comes from the Latin re-liguare, which means “ to bind together”. The Article suggest that all religions should be a mandatory part of American education, in hopes that one day the world will be more open minded and accepting of all religions and beliefs. The most religious believers only have information and knowledge of their own religion and way of life. They also don't really have any idea about other religions and the way others see things. These people often tend to think that their way is the right and only way. Those who feel that future generations should know about other religions of the world have many reasons behind their idea to have religion in the school system. Religion has caused many conflicts which in some cases turns to violence. The Middle East, Africa, and South Asia are just some of the areas effected by violent outbreaks caused by religious conflict. If religion and beliefs were being taught, it would not be in favor of any one religion. It would not be to influence anyone to believe in any certain religion. Since religion has had such a large influence on history, it should be something that everyone can accept and be open minded about. Subjects such as Music, art, and literature are said to be key elements in human culture. So those who want religion in the school systems wonder why it can't also be considered “ A key element in human culture.” Religion being taught in schools will make people see that there is ore than one way of life. People search for meaning and direction in life, and religion can play a big part in that. There is no one religion that is better than another. With religion as a part of a mandatory part of education, people see and understand why they should be more open minded and accepting of everyone beliefs

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What if public schools were mandated to teach Islamic creation in science class?(Essay)

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Sessions,David.(2011). What if public schools we're mandated  to teach Islamic creation in science class? Christian science publishing society.(nd). Opinion. Retrieved from http://www.csmonitor.com/

 

 

 

“Stealth Creationism Bills” were introduced in at least 7 different U.S States in 2011.  These bills state that if it doesn’t outright mandate the teaching of intelligent design in public schools, includes carefully worded provisions that protect educators who do it, then “the theory of creation as presented in the bible” and to “read such passages in the bible as are deemed necessary for instruction on the theory of creation.”  Many people feel that it is unconstitutional to teach and practice religion in the public school system, while other people feel that religion should be a mandatory part of the curriculum.  Freedom of religion keeps religion out of the government and parents and other civilians want it to be the same came for religion in the public school system.  Schools and parents will continue the fight to either keep religion out or let religion into the schools depending on their personal standpoint.  The hopes of some are to simply live in peace and not have religion be such a complicated, heated debate.  According to the most recent census, Christians make up the majority of the population, most believe it will remain that way for many decades, but the demographics are changing rapidly.  “Non-religious” is becoming one of the fastest growing demographics in the country along with Muslim, whose population is expected to double in the next 20 years.  Although the demographics are changing, most states that have made any attempt to “Christianize” or have any dominant religion in their schools, have been shut down.  In some cases Christianity is accepted and its religious views are accepted, allowed and overlooked in some school districts.  Those arguing that Islamic Creation should be taught in science only hope that Christians can respect beliefs of other faiths, practices and lifestyles.

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Jay Sekulow on Fox News Importance of Religious Liberty in Schools - YouTube

Jay Sekulow appeared on Fox News to discuss a school district's decision to censor a teacher from showing Bible verses. Students and Teachers do not surrende...
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SavageNationLiberty." Jay Sekulow on Fox News importance of Religious liberty in schools". Online video clip. Youtube. 16 Jan 2013. Web.1 April 2014.

 

 

 

Religion and promotion of religious beliefs in the school systems has always been a major issue.  There are those who don’t want their children being taught any religion unless it is their own.  These people often get very upset and outraged if teachers or authority figures teach and talk about religion in a public school setting.  Recently, a NY public school teacher was asked to remove most of the posters and inspirational quotes that hung in her classroom, as well as edit herself and what she talks about during class.  After she received warning that if she did not remove such items and keep her faith and beliefs to herself, she would be fired, she filed a lawsuit and sued the school district.  This teacher felt as though her rights as a Christian and more importantly an American were being violated.  The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution mandates government neutrality between religion and non-religion.  Jay Sekulow, the Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, appeared on fox news and stated that everyone is blowing this out of proportion.  The fact that certain posters, sayings, quotes and other semi-religious items can’t stay in a classroom is a violation of religious freedom.  Sekulow also stated that religious freedom and the rights of every American need to be protected, no matter what the situation or view point of others.

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Religion has no place in our state schools - Herald Sun

Religion has no place in our state schools - Herald Sun | Religion and Education | Scoop.it
Religion has no place in our state schools
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While I have no problem with religious teachings in independent schools, it should not be rammed down the throats of public school children.

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O'brian, Susan.(11 March 2014). Religion has no place in our state schools. Herald Sun. Retrived from http://www.heraldsun.au

 

 

 

When it comes to the debate of whether or not religion should be taught in schools, most people are dead set on the way they feel about it and which side of the argument they are on.  There are those who believe that religion should, under no circumstance, be taught or practiced in our school systems.  Most of these individuals have no problem with religious teachings when they are in independent schools.  There are many non-state schools to choose from, if you would like your child to be taught one particular religion. 1 in 5 people in our society have said they have “no religion.”  1 in 4 people catholic and 17% are Anglican.  There are also those on this side of the argument that believe a balanced and comparative religion course would help students understand history and current affairs of all religions, beliefs and practices. They argue that there is a large difference between students learning about all religions as opposed to only learning one specific religion, such as the one they believe or follow. Many of these individuals also believe that Sunday school, which is usually held at churches and only certain days of the week, is already the perfect place for children and young adults to be taught a certain religion.  By the next census, it is said and believed by many that “no religion” will be the most common answer when asked about one’s religion or belief.

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Conway schools appear to stack deck on religion in schools - Arkansas Times (blog)

Conway schools appear to stack deck on religion in schools - Arkansas Times (blog) | Religion and Education | Scoop.it
Today's THV Conway schools appear to stack deck on religion in schools Arkansas Times (blog) TAKING OVER CONWAY CASE: Kelly Shackelford, a Texas lawyer being interivewed here on a case over a cross in the Mojave desert, leads Christian advocacy...
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Brantley, Max (18 June 2013). Conway Schools apear to have stacked the deck on religion in schools. Retrieved from http://www.arktimes.com

 

 

 

Mt. Vernon, Washington, January 2014.  A complaint was made by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a non-profit group that advocates for separation of state and church nationwide, about the amount of access religious groups have had in the Conway Public School System.  Although these groups have not been teaching any religion or recruiting, many parents don’t believe that.  They are under the impression that they are only there to do certain religious establishment rituals and things like that.  Liberty Institute is a non-profit organization “dedicated to restoring and defending religious liberty across American.” The Conway Public School district reached out to Liberty Institute after the district received a letter and complaint from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.  In a news release shortly after the complaint was filed, it was stated that Liberty Institute would speak on the Conway School districts behalf from this point forward.  The issue has yet to be completely resolved.  Since then, Liberty Institute has shifted their focus to providing pro bono legal assistance to Christian people and organizations that they believe are suffering religious persecution in the U.S., including veterans, pastors and students who believe that there religious freedom rights are being violated.

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Research Center: Religion in Schools

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Religion in Schools. Education Week (4 April 2012) Retrieved from   http://www.edweek.org/ew/Religion-in-schools

 

 

 

Religion in public schools has always been a very controversial, complicated issue.  The first amendment of the U.S constitution says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  Many people feel that the constitution should be followed no matter what, there are also people who feel that the constitution is out dated and shouldn’t make the decision that religion should or should not be taught in school systems.  The U.S Supreme Court has always protected students’ individual abilities to pray, wear religious dress and express their religious beliefs while in school, but ban any of these practices in situations where they are considered disruptive or discriminatory to those who may not have the same beliefs.  It has been declared by the U.S court of appeals that the reciting of the pledge of allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional, because of the phrase “Under God.”  Students’ do not have to recite the pledge, even though there are some schools that have policies that make them lead it every single morning.  There is also the issue of whether or not religious organizations can use government resources for education.  In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Cleveland, Ohio’s 7-year-old voucher program in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris.  This voucher states that the funding itself did not promote the establishment of religion and the decision to use those funds to attend a religious school is the decision of the family, not the state.  In 2001, a legal precedent was set obligating schools to allow outside religious groups to use their facilities during non-school hours if they provide the same use to other non-school organizations and groups.

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GRADUATION ALTERCATION.: Points of View Reference Center Home

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Bathhija, Sandya (July/August 2011). Graduation Altercation. Church and State, p 13-15.

 

 

 

In 2009, Corwyn Schultz, a 17 year old sophomore, filed a complaint with his public school district over the recent behaviors of his school principal.  According to Corwyn, the principal would talk about God on the schools intercom system, ask for God’s blessing for whatever sports team was playing, for the troops and any other thing that came to his mind.  There was no immediate response. Three weeks passed and the principal finally apologized to Corwyn. Now in his junior year of high school, Corwyn claims the principals “godly behavior” started all over again. The Medina Valley Independent School District in Castroville, Texas has policies that allow school officials to engage in religious activities and encourage students to do the same at school functions.  Corwyn didn’t want his graduation to be anything like his older brothers, the Schultz family decided not to stand for the prayers at Trevor’s graduation.  The Americans United is a group that is for the separation of church and state, has evidence that the schools policies violate the Establishment Clause.  The Establishment Clause states that a school cannot constitutionally make students choose between sitting through a prayer in order to attend commencement.”  Americans United told the school if they didn’t stop the school sponsored prayers that they planned to file a lawsuit.  The school district said they would continue with prayers as planned.  The school was then forced to remove official prayers from the ceremony and the students were told that they may not attempt to lead their peers in prayer or other religious activities.  After a long battle back and forth between the school and Americans United, the night before Corwyns graduation the 5th circuit reversed the court ruling, making it ok for school sponsored prayer to go on as planned.  Corwyn did not attend his graduation, mainly because of all the judgment and hostility coming from his peers.  The Schultz family hopes to one day have some of the schools policies changed, so that students aren’t having and specific religion forced upon them.

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God vs. Science: Keeping Creationism out of School (Broadcast Transcript)

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13 June 2008. God vs. Science: keeping Creationism out of school.(radio broadcast). North Capital St, NE. National Public Radio

 

 

 

The argument of whether to teach creationism in science or keep it out has been evolving battle overtime.  Intelligent design, which is another name for creationism, was banned from the science curriculum in Pennsylvania public schools.  A federal judge ruled that intelligent design was not a scientific theory, but was a religious belief and other courts have followed along with the same idea.  Kenneth Miller, a textbook author and biologist and brown university, is a major part in creationism staying out of public schools science curriculum.  Dr. Miller states that everything that is taught in the science classroom, everything that is part of the curriculum has gone through some sort of battle of ideas.  There are always two sides to every argument, and no two people or parties are going to agree on everything, including the controversial topic of creationism.  It has been suggested that the process of science needs a special legislative boost.  Dr. Miller worries that this will basically be telling students that the scientific process can’t be trusted.  When entering the profession of science, you must give up any idea of fairness, and give up for religious faith as well.  In his latest novel “Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul”, he explains his theories and reasoning’s behind his fight to keep Creationism out of the public school systems curriculum.

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When it comes to the argument of bringing religion into public school systems, the government has been a large part of the issue.  The photo is giving an example of what is allowed to be taught, and what is not.  Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, has been asked on numerous occasions to reveal the truth about his backgrounds and beliefs.  He practices Christianity but it is believed by many Americans that he is Muslim.  The president says he sees all people as equal in eyes.  According to the bible, Jesus says that all people and children are precious in his eyes.  Parents, faculty and some staff feel that because he is the president people just listen to whatever it is he says.  When it comes to the controversial and complicated topic of religion, many feel that the ones who do not want religion in the schools are those brainwashed and only influenced by the government.  Then there are those who feel that because Jesus sees everyone as precious, that it would be beneficial for students to have a basic knowledge of all religions and beliefs.  Telling students that Jesus loves all the little children is not in any way convincing or persuading anyone into any certain belief.  If future generations had more knowledge and information on other cultures, lifestyles, religions and beliefs it would help to make a more kind and peaceful earth.  

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