Wilson County faces questions over re...

Wilson County faces questions over religion in classroom

There are 11 comments on the The News Examiner Online story from Sep 29, 2006, titled Wilson County faces questions over religion in classroom. In it, The News Examiner Online reports that:

School-based religious activities, heralded by some who welcome a return of God to public classrooms, came under fire in a new lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee this week.

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Ginger Vytis

Hendersonville, TN

#1 Sep 30, 2006
Teaching of any particular religion has NO PLACE in public schools. Constitution proscribes freedom to worship a god of choice... including by implication, NO gOD.

RELIGION IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH!
Roy Brooks

United States

#2 Oct 3, 2006
At the begining of public education our children were taught the alphabet with a primer which reads something like this, A is for Adam the first man etc. Teaching of the bible in schools was stolen from us in 1962 and 63. It is not unconstitutional the founding fathers used the bible to create our constitution and if you look around at current school shootings you can have a birds eye view of th results of exclusively taught evolution (i.e. that there is no creator who will judge your evil doings). Put Bible teaching back in our schools before its too late.
Stanley Wilson County

Falls Church, VA

#3 Oct 6, 2006
Ginger not to be rude, please go back and read what the seperation of Church and State really mean........
And as for "No God" that will never happen!
Take care and have a good day
Aaron - Wilson County

Nashville, TN

#4 Oct 17, 2006
I have no problem with teaching religious history, that is, if you teach the history of all religions. To offer only bible classes in public schools because that is what the majority believes in, using the bible as the textbook, tramples the rights of us in the minority who subscribe to a different way of thinking. By providing a one sided view of history and misinforming our children that the bible is somehow more relevant than any other religious texts, we would be promoting ignorance of the world and true historical events.
In response to Roy, I challenge you to re-read the constitution and find the word "god", "jesus", or "bible" in it. The forefathers of our country had the foresight to not make the constitution a christian doctrine. This is reaffirmed in the 1796 Treaty of Tripoli, signed by John Adams, in article 11. Furthermore, placing the blame for school shootings on the theory of evolution is a baseless claim and plainly demonstrates the ignorance you have of the world.
Roy Brooks

United States

#5 Dec 12, 2006
To Aaron, would you say that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence DO NOT go hand in hand?
The Declaration of Independence
of the Thirteen Colonies
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

And as for the statement on school shootings and Evolution, when our children are taught that they evolved from nothing instead of having a creator, why should they worry about anything bothering them in the hereafter since they've been taught that there is no hereafter?
I was watching a roundtable program on PBS shortly after the Columbine shootings as the panel attempted to figure out using dated graphs showing that national violence seemed to begin in early to mid 1960s. They were dumbfounded. I knew immediately what the dates represented. Prayer and the Bible were removed in 1962 and 1963.
I would challenge you to investigate this for yourself.
I Bible

Nashville, TN

#6 Jun 12, 2007
Ginger Vytis wrote:
Teaching of any particular religion has NO PLACE in public schools. Constitution proscribes freedom to worship a god of choice... including by implication, NO gOD.
RELIGION IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH!
You couldn't be more wrong. Without God in our schools we have no moral foundation. These kids need all the help that they can get!
Kruger

Brentwood, TN

#7 Jul 17, 2007
Only a conservative Wilson County schools can have such an outlook. Teaching God is the job of the church not the school. It's a sham that the authorities are allowing it.
Robert From Lebanon

Fort Myers, FL

#8 Jul 25, 2007
I challange anyone to find "Seperation of church and state" in the constitution.

it says that congress shall make NO LAW (That would mean for OR against )

so if a school wants to teach it, let them. If parents dont like it, then they will take thier kids out of that school. Let the market decided. This is, remember, still a capitalistic society.

I bet that only two or three ignorent parents would remove thier kids.. and life would go on.

Stand up and show your faith, become the squeeky wheel.
salt and light

Vine Grove, KY

#9 Jul 25, 2007
Every non-Christian belief system gets special privilege or consideration for there belief or non belief of Christian holidays, celebrations, times of prayer, etc. This happens to such a degree that Christian school children are not allowed to say Christmas Holiday...instead it has to be winter break, etc. It is time for Christians to stand up and demand that we have a say in the curriculum being offered at Public Schools. These same courses should be elective so no one is "forced" to attend who does not wish to attend! They certainly should be funded with MY CHRISTIAN TAX DOLLARS in MY public school system...WHEREEVER I CHOOSE TO LIVE IN THE USA! I don't think I am the only Christian parent out there who feels that way...and by the way...Roy Brooks...YOU ROCK! As for our society being capitalistic...well, I think the jury is still out on that one...the powers that be are certainly pushing for a much more socialist society...where they can dicate to us what we can and cannot teach our children in public settings and otherwise...
Wilson County Mom

Kingsland, GA

#10 Aug 18, 2007
Ginger Vytis wrote:
Teaching of any particular religion has NO PLACE in public schools. Constitution proscribes freedom to worship a god of choice... including by implication, NO gOD.
RELIGION IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH!
I agree!!! My kids go to Wilson County schools and they teach it there. Makes me sick! We are Athiest too...
Jordan

United States

#11 Aug 19, 2007
Okay first of all everyone, the class being discussed is not about teaching christianity, God,or any other religion. It is about teaching the literary significance of the Bible, as a book. It's not about taking the text in the book as truth, but as the widely most important document based on history.

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