Thoughts of an American Centrist

Monday, May 09, 2005

Tolerant Religions OK to be Taught in School

I hadn't planned on doing another piece this morning, but man, when something comes your way that you can't keep quiet about....

The Volokh Conspiracy has a great post concerning a Maryland sex-ed program being protested by local conservative groups. Pretty standard stuff, right? Well, as it turns out, the conservatives legitimately have something to complain about. The sex-ed "Teacher Resources" material give some great talking points on how to convince their students that homosexuality is endorsed by the Bible.

OxBlog also has a post is actually a rant against a very unbalanced Washington Post piece concerning the protest. One of the quotes from the article:

"It looks like we're in Kansas after all. I'm appalled. I'm appalled," said Charlotte Fremaux, a parent leader at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

Excuse me, but I'd submit that it is the supporters of the new program who are acting more like the Kansas anti-Evolution types. Both programs are using the opinions of the large majority of their residents to enforce unconstitutional curriculums. Each is trying to inject explicitly religious messages into what their teachers explain as fact. Each is way out of bounds.

C'mon people, if we're going to (rightly) argue that religious beliefs should not be endorsed by public school teachers, we should be just as adamant that teachers shouldn't explicitly oppose them either. This is a blatantly unconstitutional breach of church-state lines that all Americans, liberal, moderate, and conservative should take serious issue with.

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