09 January 2009

A quick nod on the diversity of beliefs

An opinion piece in the San Antonio Express News is one of the few tackling Texas science standards that deals with a favourite theme of mine, the wonderful diversity of human belief:
Students in Texas come from families with diverse religious and personal beliefs about the origins of life. It is imperative to abide by the constitutional mandate of separation of church and state. No single religious perspective should be taught in our public schools and no religious belief should be taught as scientific fact.

Our founders understood this issue all too well. They had witnessed the treachery, both abroad and here at home, that state-mandated religion can create. That is why the Founders were so adamant to begin the First Amendment to the Constitution with “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.....”

Not much to add, really.

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