Equal Rights in School

Double standards always seem to fascinate me. Sometimes atheists have them. Sometimes Christians have them. In some way, I wouldn’t be surprised if we all have some double standards of our own.

Public school is one of those places that one of the secular double standards rears its ugly head. I wouldn’t have a big problem with it if it weren’t for the fact that this is a very influential time for kiddos and if their teachers say something is true, chances are they’re going to believe it.

That’s why I still don’t get why creationism can’t be taught at all in public school. I understand that there is a strong element of religion and I get that we need to keep that whole “separation of church and state” thing. But I’m not talking about teaching creationism as a way of endorsing it.

Think about it. What if we were to just teach the kids that there are various ways that different people have to explain how/why the universe exists and how we got here. Some people believe that it was random chance, evolution and natural selection over the course of billions of years.

Other people believe that there is a supernatural, omnipotent being who designed and created the whole universe and all the living creatures in it. There are variations with regards to Islam, Christianity, Judaism and various other religious groups. But this supernatural being is a common element shared by most of them.

There. That’s all. No preaching. No proselytizing. Didn’t even mention God or Jesus or salvation. Just, “here’s what some people believe.” I just don’t see why that’s such a terrible thing. Atheists are fond of claiming that we should let children decide for themselves, but then we only give them half the story in school. How can they decide if they don’t know what the different options are that they’re deciding on?

Grace, love and peace.

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  1. The public schools and universities need to stop presenting evolution as a fact. It is after all the THEORY of Evolution. This theory has never been, and never will be proven, short of those who are hell bound fabricating false evidence to support it.

    It takes more faith to believe that the universe and all within it was created from nothing by mere chance than to believe in our Creator.

    But I imagine hell is a pretty big place and can accomidate a few more atheists and non believers.

    For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
    For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
    For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
    1 Cor 1:18-21 (KJV)

    I pray that any of you who believe the lies of the devil and the foolishness of evolution will come to know and believe that Jesus Christ is the Truth.
    And that you will receive Him as your Savior and the Lord of your life.

  2. I think teaching about the myths of all the religions is a great idea in the way you describe it (not in science class)!

    What better way to show children that Yahweh creating the universe (in the wrong order, no less) in six days is just as silly as the world being built out of the body of a giant?

    Unbiased religious education is a surefire way to produce more kids that will grow up being atheists.

    Let’s not press them to decide on religious issues when they’re kids, though. Wait until they are at least teenagers.

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