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Justice Jackson Inadvertantly Outs Public Schools

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justice jacksonOur public school, if not a product of Protestantism, at least is more consistent with it than with the Catholic culture and scheme of values. It is a relatively recent development dating from about 1840. It is organized on the premise that secular education can be isolated from all religious teaching so that the school can inculcate all needed temporal knowledge and also maintain a strict and lofty neutrality as to religion. The assumption is that after the individual has been instructed in worldly wisdom he will be better fitted to choose his religion. Whether such a disjunction is possible, and if possible whether it is wise, are questions I need not try to answer. Everson v. Bd. of Ed. of Ewing Tp., 330 U.S. 1, 23-24 (1947)

I submit to you that this is indeed the premise upon which the public schools operate, although today I doubt the schools would much care whether their students are “better fitted to choose [their] religion” once out of the schools. Yet this is the bill of goods that is sold to Christian parents, namely, that your kids will get a spiritually and morally neutral education at the public schools, and thus, your kids can freely “choose” their religion. Let them be taught the glories of “temporal knowledge,” whatever that is, and then if they happen to choose Jesus, it will be such a genuine choice, unlike the kids who were simply “raised in it.” The Court’s jurisprudence goes under the guise of protecting religion from the State, but in effect, it engenders an all-encompassing State. All the more need then for churches to plant schools, so that Jesus can be all-in-all, His infinite wisdom and brilliance made more visible in our world, as He intends.



Written by Michael Duenes

February 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Posted in Duenes, Education

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