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Teachers Argue For Keeping Religion In Public Schools

Finn Laursen, the executive director of the Christian Educators Association International, argues that U.S. children can better define right from wrong if they were taught religion in school.

World Religion News reports that the group is "training teachers how to live their faith" in schools without violating the Constitution's prohibition on the establishment of a government-sponsored religion.

Laursen told the Washington Post, "We’re not talking about proselytizing. That would be illegal. But we’re saying you can do a lot of things.?.?.?. It’s a mission field that you fish in differently." To illustrate, teachers could pray with colleagues during their free time, they could pray with students after school and religious clubs could be created and attended before or after school.

ACLU Director Daniel Mack spoke out against the organization's move to "constitutionally" introduce religion into public schools. Journalist Katherine Stewart stated, "What this really amounts to is a privileging of the majority. If a Wiccan, Muslim or Satanist public school teacher were to try to put their sacred texts on their desk?.?.?. they would likely be shut down."

Religious Freedom Center expert Charles C. Haynes said, "The First Amendment does not exclude religion from public schools. It gives us the ground rules for how religion comes into public schools."

Photo: Western Seminary, US News

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