Now, while it has long been the law that the government cannot support one religion over another, or religion over non-religion, there have been some exceptions. “In God we Trust” “One Nation, Under God”
But Tennessee is leading the charge when it comes to freedom of religion in public schools. Students at all kinds of school events can now give religious speeches. BUT there must be a disclaimer that said students’ speech is not the stated position of the school.
And said student’s speech is not limited to school events. Kids can now freely express their religous beliefs in the hallways between classes and said ‘voluntary speech’ cannot be quelched by school officials. So if a student’s religion says gays are an abomination and should be eradicated from the planet, the student is free to say so. Presumably, this freedom of speech extends to Wiccan’s casting a spell on their comrades who say all witches should be burned at the stake.
But that’s not all. There’s more. “Students may express their written beliefs about religion in homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination based on the religious content of the student’s submissions. … Students may not be penalized or rewarded based on the religous content of the student’s work.”
Having spent the better part of the summer analyzing 7th grade texts in Social Studies and Life Sciences published by Bob Jones University Press, I do believe that for conservative christian students raised according to the biblical interpretation of history and science, life just got a whole lot easier in Tennessee. God’s Providence and Adam’s Sin explains just about everything one needs to know about history and science.
Andn we wonder why our kids don’t outscore the rest of the world when it comes to public education outcomes.