Opinion: Religious education an essential part of educating youth, says West Potsdam man
To the Editor:
Ms. Harrigan's interpretation of the Constitution in regard to the division of church and state is one of the most poorly conceived notions ever. It appears to me like this is the one sentence that atheists take away from a document that clearly, and repeatedly, affirms the foundation of America as being "One Nation under God."Our founders came from a country of state - sponsored, and in some cases, mandated religion. It was one of the more prevalent reasons for leaving England. It is called tyranny. It's hard to believe that anyone could read the entire document, and come to the ignorant conclusion that our nation was not founded in Judea-Christian religion and values. The "division" the founders were addressing was to prevent the Government from ever being able to make any religion mandated or to exclude anyone from being exempted from any religion. Hence, providing un-believers with freedom to choose.
I would like to hear an explanation of how you think that removing religious education from our schools has made America a better country, a safer country, a place of better moral values or a safer place to raise kids. Or, playing devil's advocate, how has teaching the Gospel hurt society?
The Bible will always be questioned by folks that chose not to believe in Jesus. It is a "truth" book and a source for knowledge far beyond understanding. It's not for the "live and let live" people that are comfortable with alternative life styles, letting young people be taught that Trans is ok, abortion is acceptable ,and living an immoral life, contrary to the Bible, can still get you a ticket to Heaven. Wrong! Read John 14:6.
In my opinion education will never be complete and well rounded until our young people have access to religious education and actual history. (factual, not someone's individual interpretation).