Well.. they can in private schools... but public schools are for everyone of every religion. I don't have a problem with them teaching religion but they MUST teach ALL religions then. So You would take courses in Christian Doctrine, Jewish Theology, Muslim, Hindu, Wicca/Paganism, Shinto, Buddhism, etc.. This is the ONLY way it would be fair to everyone. Evolution is a Science and doesn't ascribe to any one set of spiritual beliefs, so it is NOT a religion.
Great answer! Also, being that science is a subject that everyone should learn it makes sense that you would learn about it in school. Religion is a private practice that should be kept to churches, and homes or within groups of people who share those beliefs.
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Biology teachers in the U.S. are afraid to teach evolution for the most part. I wish it were true that they did teach evolution, but this is not the case. I certainly wasn't when I was in high school.
I think religion should be taught in school, but as comparative religion. If you're going to have religious classes in schools, there is no sense in limiting it to just Christianity. It'd be better for our culture in the U.S. to be more educated on other religions anyway, as there is much misconception of other religions and of non-religion.
Because evolution is science irrespective of any religion. Evolution needs not be contrary to any faith but should instead supplement it. It's kind of crazy, in my opinion, that religion cannot be taught in public schools. I think public schools should at least require a comparative religions course. But I guess we want to indoctrinate facts rather than teaching critical thinking. No wonder my generation cannot think for ourselves.
Good question, it takes more faith to believe we evolved from rocks than to believe the creation story found in the bible. Check out Michael Cremo's book 'Forbidden Archeology'. He documents scientific data that contradicts the current theory of evolution.
Thomas Jefferson, the writer of the Constitution had this to say,"In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own." The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one-half the world fools and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth. I know it will give great offense to the clergy, but the advocate of religious freedom is to expect neither peace nor forgiveness from them.
I am NOT saying that we evolved. But one time science and religion worked hand in hand. For me, just because we understand a blessing doesn't make it any less of a blessing from our Creator. Just because we understand how we were created doesn't mean we wasn't. Again I still am not saying I agree with evolution, I have tons of questions regarding (ie if it happens at a macro level then how can we explain how the eye evolved, how can something so fragile come from chaos, why would our bodies still rely on fresh water when salt water is more abundant, and so on). For some reason people try to use science to argue against God, but I believe our understanding is a blessing itself. As for how we are created, I haven't been blessed with a full understanding to answer that question. God bless
If you want religion in school go to a private school. If you want religion as a comparative study class that would be fine, however, if you are speaking about having prayer etc- NO. What religion would be taught? Yours? What about paganism, satanism and Scientology? Who decides?
You are also forced to be taught mathematics, chemistry, geography, and physics. That's so that you will not be ignorant of modern science. Religion is not taught on public school. Which religion would you teach? Islam? Buddhism? Zoroastrian? If you want to be taught your favorite religion, go to a private school. It has no place in public schools.
Sadly, the only religion accepted in public schools is secular humanism, and its partner, atheism. Atheism remains the only "belief" with first amendment protections in public schools. However, evolution is taught as a theory that is only a major tenant of secular humanism, not a core belief.
Why can't the schools teach facts? I guess because then there wouldn't be much to teach? They get to teach what some people believe today, just not what they determine is "religious" belief. The "science" classes have always taught what they "believed" at that time. I was taught that Pluto was one of the 9 planets (oops!, I guess that "fact" is no longer a fact), that Venus has oceans and plants, etc. (oops on that one too), that Mercury always has one face to the sun (oops again), earlier facts : that Mars has canals (again), that science proves that the earth is 20 million years old (and again), that the Andromeda Nebula is 19 light years away (and again), the the entire universe is made up of the Milky Way galaxy (and yet again), that life came from spontaneous generation (yet again), ad nauseum. Take what you want to believe and teach in the name of science and it is too sacred for others to touch whether it turns out to be false or not. As they teach in school, this country is a democracy right? And since the minority rules ?. wait, oh well!