Re: [asa] Cobb County settles lawsuit

From: Bill Hamilton <williamehamiltonjr@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed Dec 20 2006 - 13:58:02 EST

--- PvM <pvm.pandas@gmail.com> wrote:

> Public education is never neutral, especially when it comes to
> science. As far as the beliefs of the teachers, these have no place
> within public education. If the community or the family holds special
> beliefs then they are free to provide ways to teach these. Public
> education however is no place to teach religious faith.
>
> Public education has to remain religiously neutral or at least
> agnostic. As long as one realizes that neutral does not mean that
> public education has to be hostile to religious faith.
>
The huge challenge for public schools is to be religiously neutral without
giving the students the impression that religion is irrelevant. After all, if
the schools are to teach kids what they need to know to function as adults and
they don't even mention religion, isn't that the impression many kids will get?
Somehow the schools need to teach that religion (or for the atheists, having a
well-formulated philosophy of life) is a crucial component of having a
civilized society.

Bill Hamilton
William E. Hamilton, Jr., Ph.D.
248.652.4148 (home) 248.821.8156 (mobile)
"...If God is for us, who is against us?" Rom 8:31

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