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Seperation of Religion and State? If You're Sure...

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Submitted by C Dailey (United States), May 26, 2006 at 01:50

While I would agree that Christianity shouldn't have more coverage in schools, I tend to disagree with your thought that it is. I recently heard a story about a school that, with the approval of the school board, held a mandatory day in which all of the students were "pretend muslims". Basically doing anything someone of the Islamic faith would do on a regular day.

I must also disagree with your point that religion and state should be seperate. The reason I must is that it is already taught in schools. Please let me explain. Religion, so far as I understand it, describes how the world came about and thus how we should live, correct? Please do correct me if I am wrong, but that is how it seems to me. Now if you look at modern curriculums next to that criteria, the teaching in modern science classes seems to fit. It states that the universe formed by chance, and in most cases, by a Big Bang. Now, one would naturally assume, if they believed it, that life is meaningless, and that they can then do anything that they want, sometimes within what society belives is correct. The fact that you show concern for others outside of your society or social influence show that you care about what goes on that doesn't effect you. You wish to make change for the better, or at least voice that wish. Random chance wouldn't produce that kind of result, no matter how many times the happenstance occured.

Back to my main point, if religion should be kept out of society and schools, and the idea science classes teach us fit the criteria for a religion, then it either follows that either the "scientific" theory of how the universe and life began should be taken out of schools, or religions AND evolutionary/big bang theories should be optional courses under the same grouping: religion.

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