Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Bible study in school turns out to study, duh

I probably would have told you the same thing without taking a survey, but it's good to have confirmation.

The majority of Bible courses being offered as electives at Texas high schools are devotional and sectarian in their approach and do not teach about the Bible in a historical or literary context as required under state law a new study has found, according to a published report.

Again, big wow. Think of the people who want these kinds of classes, then guess whether they're going to take a non-partisan view of religion.

The majority of the courses promote one faith perspective over all others and push an ideological agenda that is hostile to religious freedom, science and public education, according to the 76-page report to be released Wednesday.

So, if you have kids and they go to a Texas public school or you just live in Texas and think this kind of religious advocacy doesn't belong in school or if you don't live in Texas and think this is just stupid, write the State Board of Education. Links to contact them are in the individual profiles. You can also write your school district board if you live in one of these areas (or even if you don't, I guess).

To take a quote from good old Napoleon Dynamite, "Idiot!"


adam said...

Why are you opposed to alternate theories? It's all just dogma.

Nat-Wu said...

Yes, some people would say that. Those same people don't seem to agree with me when I say that means we must accept that we might never know whether the world is flat or round, despite having ample evidence of its roundness.

Of course, I'm not critical of teaching religion in school. As far as I'm concerned, kids should go to school and learn not only about the origin, history, and current status of Christianity, they should be taught the doctrines of the major denominations of it as well as the other major religions of the world. Kids should come out knowing what the differences between a Shiite, Sunni, and Sufi are, as well as what Buddhism is all about. That's the kind of thing they don't even usually get to in college.