Editorial: Is God Being Left Out of the Classroom?

May 23, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center


On May 23, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "Parents of America, beware. Did you know that your children are getting an 'anti-Christian education' in schools 'run by the enemies of God?' That’s the apocalyptic assertion made by lay Baptist leaders T.C. Pinckney and Bruce Shortt in a resolution they’ll submit to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Indianapolis next month. The resolution urges 16 million Southern Baptists 'to remove their children from the government schools and see to it that they receive a thoroughly Christian education.' Pinckney and Shortt aren’t alone. They’re part of a growing movement among evangelicals calling for Christians to abandon 'Godless schools,' places they perceive as hostile to religious faith... But what Pinckney, Shortt and Jacoby appear to have missed (or have chosen to ignore) is the sea change over the past decade that has brought religion back into the public schools. Consider the classroom. Contrary to popular myth, the public school curriculum no longer excludes religion. In fact, all recently adopted state standards in the social studies are fairly generous to the study of religion. The latest generation of textbooks includes significantly more about the various world religions and the role of religion in U.S. history than previous editions."