Christian Teachers Say Religion Should Be In Schools

Finn Laursen, the executive director of the Christian Educators Association International, argues that U.S. children in public schools today would be better able to learn right from wrong if they were taught about religion in school.

World Religion News reports that the group is "training teachers how to live their faith" in schools without violating the Constitution's prohibition on the establishment of a government-sponsored religion.

"We’re not talking about proselytizing. That would be illegal," Laursen told the Washington Post.

"But we’re saying you can do a lot of things. . . . It’s a mission field that you fish in differently."

To give a few examples, teachers could pray with their colleagues when they are free, they could pray with students after school hours, they could hold religious clubs before or after school, and etcetera.

ACLU Director Daniel Mack spoke out against the organization's move to "constitutionally" introduce religion into public schools, arguing that the organization encourages teachers to go against the school system.

Journalist Katherine Stewart argued that the decision will end up discriminating against religious minorities.

"What this really amounts to is a privileging of the majority. If a Wiccan, Muslim or Satanist public school teacher were to try to put their sacred texts on their desk . . . they would likely be shut down."

However, despite the fact that the government is prohibited from establishing an official religion, this does not make public schools "religion-free" zones, as the government is also prohibited from inhibiting freedom of religion.

"The First Amendment does not exclude religion from public schools," said Religious Freedom Center expert Charles C. Haynes.

"It gives us the ground rules for how religion comes into public schools."

Sources: World Religion News, Washington Post / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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