By Emily Geiger
It’s a sad day in the Spencer school district.
You see, Spencer was going to do something good. Rather than exclude any mention of God in schools (in violation of the students’ rights to religious freedom and expression), the Spencer school district had come up with a policy explaining and reinforcing students’ religious rights.
What a lot of people don’t know is that the Bible can be taught in schools from an historical context. Students can legally pray in schools. It is legal (and intellectually honest) to present the theory of evolution as just that, a theory, along with other competing theories, such as intelligent design.
Spencer’s policy spelled this all out. But unfortunately, the school district is now caving to liberal pressure to scrap the policy and plans to “throw out a Bible class and discard a critique of evolutionary theory”. All because they’re scared of the frivolous lawsuits filed by liberal activists.
These same school policies are being implemented and upheld at other school districts all across the country.
Spencer could stand its ground if it really wanted to. But apparently it doesn’t.
District officials say they’re going to take some time to revise the proposed policy (i.e. water it down to make the liberals happy).
Let’s hope they don’t lose sight of the purpose of the policy in the first place – to insure that students’ religious freedoms are upheld, not trampled.
And Spencer officials would do well to learn a lesson from a recent Florida news story about a similar situation. School officials there tried to compromise with the ACLU who was suing them . They signed on to a settlement agreement that banned any school employee from participating in any prayer at school with a penalty of jail time.
It was only a matter of time before a school employee followed their faith and prayed where a student might see. Now, these people could literally go to prison for praying.
Lesson learned: Don’t make a deal with the devil. You’re sure to get burned.
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