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September 14, 2005

Religion and Schools

There has been a big push in recent years to "eliminate religion" from schools. In particular, one Michael Newdow has been fighting the Pledge of Allegiance for his daughter (whom he does not have custody of) in California. It appears that he has gotten a win, if only a temporary one. It certainly seems as though this effort to "seperate church and state" is coming through...

for those who would challenge the Judeo-Christian beliefs. While the Pledge of Allegiance is supposed to be all-encompassing (except for belief systems devoid of a deity), it generally is treated as though the god of the Pledge of Allegiance is the God of the Bible or Yahweh of the Torah. Meanwhile, Allah must be appeased, even requiring special treatment for Muslim students. Now I am not going to argue that this young girl should not be allowed to do her normal prayer; that would be a gross offense against the First Amendment. Still, I'm waiting to see if someone will defend the Orthodox Jew or the Evangelical Christian who asks for a few minutes to pray during a short break and is denied the opportunity.