Faith Ed.: Teaching About Religion In An Age Of Intolerance by Linda K. Wertheimer, Beacon Press, 196 pp.
When Church & State covers religion in public schools, we’re usually telling you about a constitutional violation. From school-sponsored prayer at football games to creationism in science classes, some public education officials too often promote one religion to the exclusion of all others. Often, it’s necessary to file suit to get schools to comply with the law.
Constitutional concerns plague a new bill that would mandate religious education in Massachusetts public schools.
The bill, sponsored by State Rep. Christopher Fallon, would create a mandatory class in Bible and international religions for “the purposes of teaching morality and brotherhood” to high school students.
As if there aren’t already enough reasons why public funds should never support religious education – here are just a few more.
Reason No. 793: NBC’s Today Show recently interviewed a Florida teacher who said she was fired by a Christian school after school officials learned she became pregnant before her marriage.
An Islamic school in Virginia has made some changes to its textbooks in an effort to tamp down criticism, the Associated Press has reported.
The Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria has been under fire for years because some of the books used at the private school promote extremely strict interpretations of Islam and are highly critical of other faiths.