ANOTHER quickie. The Des Moines Register has an editorial on the topic about which we’ve been reporting: Teaching religion can’t include pushing it.
The editorial is well done and comes to the correct position, but it’s oh-so-sensitive to all concerned. A helpful feature is that they give us a link to the Spencer school district’s draft policy on religion (Word document). We haven’t had time to read it yet, but we’ll get to it if this issue persists.
For convenience, we’ll repeat here what we added to yesterday’s post — a link to the website of the Spencer School Board. It has minutes of their meetings that can be downloaded.
Here are just a couple of excerpts from the Des Moines Register‘s editorial, with bold added by us:
Give the Spencer School Board credit for boldly striding into a cultural and legal minefield by considering an aggressive approach to religion in public schools.
Yes, they can have credit for audacity — but only if they understand what they’re getting into. That’s an assumption we’re unwilling to grant.
Let’s skip over most of the editorial. For our readers, what’s said there won’t be news. Instead, we’ll jump right to their final paragraph:
Back to Spencer’s draft proposal: Its plans for “Religion in the Curriculum” do give us pause because the only proposed electives are a Bible course and a headlong confrontation of Darwinism. If the goal of its proposal is to accommodate any and all expressions of faith and to promote understanding of all religions, fine. If the goal is to endorse or advance one religious belief, then it will surely fail legal challenge. And it should.
That’s it for now, but look for the issue to heat up. We’ve all seen this sort of thing before.
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