Monday, November 06, 2006

There are no atheists during finals

I am confident that most, if not all, of my readers have heard the title line at some point in their lives.

One of the big pushes toward limiting the power of the "runaway judiciary" that has been allowing "activist judges" to legislate from the bench has been the perceived attack on Christianity by the ACLU to remove reference of God, Jesus, and Christianity from the schools. I've commented on this on a couple occasions in the past, both here and on other blogs. One of the things I commented on was that, while holding a mandatory "Bible class" in a public school has been ruled to be a violation of the First Amendment, an elective class that would result in no pressure being applied on students to take said class might work to be a permissible means of teaching the Bible in school. That is quite a generalization, and there would have to be a lot of items ironed out - proponents need to walk carefully along the path, but it could be viable.

This looks to be the course taken by a school district in Tennessee, though they appear to have put the measure on hold, waiting to see what might come. The measure would allow a Bible class to be taught, but the Bible would be the only text, and some of the citizens in the area (even proponents) appear to want a little more. Read the article; I'm not going to go into any greater detail, but I think it's a good example of a good start towards working into schools what so many on the Religious Right fringe have accused the courts of trying to kill. Undue Coercion is the key term here - let's see if it can be avoided!

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