|There is nothing wrong with separation of church|
and state, but when it becomes the suppression
of religious expression, there is a problem.
Yet we do exactly the opposite. Our schools silence discussion. They prevent our children from learning about different faiths and beliefs. We do not do this with anything else, so why religion? Well I shall tell you why. There is a hidden agenda. Our schools desire to mold everyone into one common secular mind. Many believe that religion is "irrational," and therefore the proliferation of it must be suppressed in schools in favor of rational science. Tolerance is simply a weapon used to further this goal. Yet ultimately such school practices have led to more intolerance of religious beliefs and feelings of superiority by the "enlightened" secular free thinking folk.
In addition, it is funny that our schools treat religion as irrational. That maybe true, but most of our thinking is ultimately irrational. What do we base our morals on? Some would say we rationally deduce our opinions. Well, lets see if thats true. Many believe that humans should not be killed if innocent. Why do they believe that? There is no "rational" argument for that. Yes, you can say, "Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you." However, why shouldn't you? Why should you care to treat others the way you want to be treated, or don't treat them the way you don't want to be treated? One can argue self-preservation I suppose. But then, what if there came an opportunity where you could kill someone without anyone knowing or caring? Then, is there any reason not to? Under self-preservation no there isn't. One could argue that it is necessary for the greater good. However, what if the greater good was served by killing them? Then you would have an obligation to kill them. Ultimately, when it comes down to it, this belief is irrational. There is no logical reason why you should never kill an innocent human life. Yet most of us believe that. Most of us believe it is simply wrong to kill an innocent life.
|It is funny he does not mention|
the rest of the phrase, which states,
"or prohibiting the free excercise
Some will argue that religion is particularly heinous because it has led to war, genocide, and all sorts of other evils. Yet picking out religious ideas as somehow more inherently evil than non-religious ideas is ridiculous. Plenty of death has occurred in the name of secular ideals. The whole Cold War was fought over economics. The Soviet Union killed millions of people in the name of Marx's "Scientific Socialism," Nazi Germany killed millions in the name of the psuedo-science of eugenics, and the European imperialist powers waged war during World War 1, leading to the pointless death of millions more, in the name of secular nationalism. Plenty of people have died in the name of non-religious ideologies and ideals, plenty.
Therefore, it is time schools stopped fearing religious discussion like the plague. Yes, schools do not have to openly encourage any particular religion, but preventing discussion of religion is harmful to our kids education and will only enable them to see the world through the narrow prism of secularism and through whatever religious beliefs their parents have inculcated in their children. The world is exploding religiously. The east is awakening once again to religious beliefs, while the West continues to live in ignorance of this. The West continues to rub its snobby nose at "irrational" religious ideals, while it continues to point the finger at others for atrocities, though it has no rational scientific reason to care. The West blindly bases its morals off of ancient religious principles, yet continues to pretend it does not. It is time to open up discussion of religion in our schools. Its time to take a phenomenon seriously that is growing around the world, instead of blindly dismissing it.