This one’s from the auto-play advert heaven Christian Post.
Parents of children in 3 Kentucky Public Schools are expressing concern after an secular group set up a booth to allow students to pick up copies of secular texts for free. You say “surely this is half the story” and I say “yes”.
See, the Gideons distribute their Bibles there, and so atheists demanded the equal and quite idiotic IMHO right to distribute secular and atheist literature. I don’t think either should be allowed to distribute, schools in the USA have enough problems without turning them into a battleground over whose imaginary friend is the realsiest (or not).
This took place at Casey County last Friday when the Tri-State Freethinkers set up their display at three local elementary schools after the ACLU argued that in allowing a Christian themed book display the schools had either two choices. To either stop the display as it is a clear violation of separation of Church and State since it is a tax payer funded school.
Or allow an equal representation of all faiths.
And on that day, many parents kept their children at home rather than send them to school lest they be exposed to thought. Schools are meant to challenge and allow you to grow. What message does this send? That education isn’t important but superstition is? That faith is so weak that you fear any exposure to alternative views because a broad education makes you more likely to stop believing in the gods of your ancestors?
Isn’t it hilarious that the Gideons were allowed into schools under the guise of an open and secular dialogue? Its not an open and secular dialogue if it’s only Christianity allowed.
And the atheists were harassed while they did this. People protested their equal right to distribute pamphlets. And honestly Christians? Is your faith so weak that a simple booklet is going to shake it? If that’s the case then perhaps you need to really sit down and think about why you fear any atheist literature.
And our world currently works on the principles of humanism. The idea that “slavery” is an abomination is not a view espoused by religious texts but by the emancipation ideals and the earliest ideas on the equality of all men.
And this is what hypocrisy means. You wanted religion in schools, where there is one religion there are others. And where there is religion there is no religion as a concept. This was not something unexpected or new, this was something created by people who want Christianity to be an exclusion in the separation of Church and State rather than the reason why the rule exists in the first place.
If you want to help kids? Revamp science education and start investing in schools rather than investing in Bibles.