Bills That Bring Religion To Public Schools Miss The Bigger Picture

 I’m in favor of teaching about the Bible, its ideas and the effects of those ideas, but not of attempting a gutted Bible study in a public school setting. 

Tyler Morning Telegraph

May 7, 2007 – Post

There are some things government does well, and some things it does poorly. One of the things government does incredibly poorly is God.

That’s why I’m going to take a contrarian’s position on three specific measures before the Texas Legislature this session: requiring all public high schools to offer Bible classes as electives, adding the words “under God” to the Texas pledge, and the inclusion of a bill allowing religious expression in schools.

First, the Bible classes are a bad idea – even if just offered as electives.

Why? The Victorian author and newspaperman G.K. Chesterton pointed out that religion is a living thing – it doesn’t cut up well. A man who loves to come home and find his dog at his door would be less happy to come home and find half his dog at his door.

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