Irreligious minorities ought not to be allowed to exploit recent Supreme Court rulings against compulsory devotional exercises in the public schools. Just as the state is not to compose or sanction religious exercises in the public schools, so teachers are not to use public schoolrooms to shape anti-theistic attitudes. To promote irreligion in the classroom is as much a violation of public trust as to promote sectarianism. Public school teachers serve in some respects as agents of the state. They are not entitled to make the classroom an instrument of secular humanism (unfortunately the onslaughts of John Dewey’s philosophy infected wide areas of American public education with this malady already a generation ago).
We can expect atheistic forces to utilize the Supreme Court decision to further the cause of irreligion.
Moreover, in Los Angeles the American Civil Liberties Union already has started action to delete the words “under God” from the flag salute. Certain administrators (as in Washington, D. C.) suggest substituting for the Bible selected “inspirational” readings from Emerson or from other profoundly unbiblical writers—a “solution” guaranteed to offend perspicacious American parents more than ever. What kind of “neutrality” is this, that excludes the teachings of Jesus, Paul, and Moses from devotional use and instead requires school children to absorb Emerson, for example, for spiritual inspiration?
To prevent the Supreme Court action from encouraging godlessness in education, America’s devout masses must act at the community level; they must insist that the instructional program of their public schools accurately reflect the teaching of the Bible and the significance of our historic Christian convictions. Citizens ...1
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