More religious nonsense is attempting once again to get a foot hold in the American public school system as the wacky religious right conveniently forgets about separation of church and state.
There is freedom of religion in the United States, meaning that anyone can believe in anything, no matter how crazy, without fear of reprisals. Currently Christianity is the largest religion in the country, and middle America houses the largest amount of 'believers', in comparison to the rest of the country, which is where this absurd effort is taking place.
Anyone who knows me, or is a regular reader of this site will know that I strongly believe in freedom, and religion is no exception. Personally I don't believe in any form of religion, as religion ultimately provides a form of mind control and firmly flicks your thinking switch into the off position. But apart from my personal views, I truly believe that all people should be allowed to believe in and follow whatever religious or spiritual path they desire.
As one man's freedom could be another man's prison, and freedom as a way of life is a very personal thing. It seems to me that everyone should be able to freely follow their own path and not be "manipulated" by outside forces into following any particular brand of belief. Thinking other peoples thoughts or mouthing their words, is something that we should all be mindful of, but in religious teachings this dogma is encouraged. This is why all forms of religion should be kept out of the public school system, and for that matter any and all forms of Government. If you happen feel strongly about indoctrinating your children in the ways of non-thinking, then by all means do so, but pay a private school that is skilled in brain washing techniques to numb your offspring's mind.
Recently it has come to light, that the Christian right are once again attempting to force their belief system down the throats of American youth, with a vile effort to get Christianity back into the public school curriculum.
The Texas education board is about to consider recommendations that children be taught that there would be no United States if it had not been for God.
As bizarre as that statement might be to the average reader, you have to admire their ingenuity in fashioning an argument that speaks emotionally to the American psyche. Placing Christianity as one of the many lynch pins that formed the United States, so that it may be taught as history is truly cleaver. I wonder how the history teacher would reconcile the the early settlers Christian faith which teaches forgiveness, peace and loving your enemy with the genocide and almost extinction of the Native American people?
I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning!
Dan Quinn of the Texas Freedom Network, which describes itself as a "counter to the religious right", called the recommendations "troubling".
"I don't think anyone disputes that faith played a role in our history. But it's a stretch to say that it played the role described by David Barton and Peter Marshall. They're absurdly unqualified to be considered experts. It's a very deceptive and devious way to distort the curriculum in our public schools," he said.
This latest joust between freedom and insanity, will surely stand tall next to the already in progress creationist charge that has gained so much publicity over the past few years.
If this madness succeeds, we could all be heading towards a massive cultural collapse and the beginning of ignorance, stupidity and a new Dark Age.
"Honor the man who searches for the truth. Avoid the man who claims to have found it."
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