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Religious dogma is banned from being taught in public schools due to our doctrine of separation of church and state as determined by a Supreme Court ruling in Reynolds v. United States (1879). There was a time when this nation was far more homogeneous than it is now and religious instruction in public schools was not so much of an issue since pretty much everyone shared the same Judeo-Christian faiths. But that is no longer the case, but this country is still about accommodating all manner of expressions of conscience. That leaves the government with two choices: (1) Allow all manner of religious and non-religious expression in our public schools, including Hindus, Secular Humanists, Jihadists, Scientologists, Wiccans, and even Satanists (just to name a few) to voice their particular views to a captive audience of impressionable children, or (2) leave matters of religious expression out of the public school domain. There are other educational venues available to those who wish to incorporate those expressions into their children's education.
U.S. public schools are not allowed to show preference toward specific religions or types of religion. Religion or religious acts (prayer, etc) are allowed in schools but are not to be mandated or specifically endorsed by staff.
They did not ban religion from schools; they banned Christianity,the ten commandments, Holy Bibles, and praying; lying about the supposed separation of church and state. The ACLU a communist based group are pushing this lie; and yet schools in Cal. are forcing their students to learn about Islam. Where is the justice in that? This country was founded on the principals of Christianity, including, the Holy Bible, and prayer. The lie of separation of church and state has to be stopped we can not afford to ignore the warning signs, if we do not return to Christ very very soon this country is heading for moral bankruptcy, not only this country but the world.
Living, you made some faulty assumptions about the pledge. Our founding fathers did not have one nation under god, that particular phrase was added to the pledge during the 50s during the communist scare. It is however in our constitution that we have freedom of religion and no congress shall establish a religion. Despite the rantings of some, the ACLU is not a communist anything, they make sure that everybody's rights are respected, even unpopular ones. For a school to practice religion gives the children the idea that particular religion is the correct one. Would a Christian want his child taught religion by someone of the Jewish faith? Since schools are government entities, they cannot favor one religion over another. Obviously this doesn't hold true for private schools.
I reckon, you mean "Christianity" when you say "religion" (which are very different), don't u? You surely don't propose that the US is a constitutionally Christian country, do you? If that's not the case, then, why shouldn't it be banned? If allowed, why shouldn't ALL religions be equally included in school curriculum?
Yes. It's because if they allowed the school to have a preference in religion, that would violate seperation of church and state (a great amendment that I whole-heartedly support, religion has no place in government). But students can still be openly religious. For example, you see kids wearing crosses occasionally in school (I see people wear them all the time). If the schools endorsed a religion, they might start trampling on the student body's rights. Mainly because they might criticize people who don't follow the endorsed religion. For example (hypothetically speaking), if I went to a public school that pushed Islam, they may yell at me for my habit of putting a picture of an ankh on my locker (it makes it extremely easy to find it as an added benefit). That would violate my rights to freely express my religious ideas. In my school, in English and World Cultures, we discussed religion plenty. Most of the time, it was brought up and it became a debate. My teachers stayed as neutral as they could, despite being Christian. It's always amusing when talking about religion. I remember in Latin, we read a parable from Augustine of Hippo (or at least, I think that was his name). My teacher asked who was a Christian in the room and asked them if they knew what type of writing the story was. Despite him saying "What's another word for a moral story?", not a single person answered him. It's sort of sad that I could answer him, and get the correct answer when the Christians in the room were completely clueless (sorry if that was off topic there, I was just using that to show religion isn't left out all the time).