While reading the paper Saturday morning I happened to catch this story:
State senators in Idaho have voted 34-3 to approve a bill allowing for the academic study of the Bible in public schools.
In Senate Bill 1342, legislators noted that “the Bible is expressly permitted” for use as a reference tool where religion intersects with other subjects, such as literature, comparative religion, U.S. and world history, music, sociology, astronomy, ethics, biology, and “other topics of study where an understanding of the Bible may be useful or relevant.”
You can read the whole article from the Christian Examiner HERE.
I think this bill is a good compromise. Times have changed.
I remember when I played middle and high school football my team would kneel and recite The Lord’s Prayer before we took the field. Our coach would lead the team in reciting the prayer.
I did not have a problem with it. I don’t think my parents did either. They were not overly religious, but they did send me to Vacation Bible School almost every summer, but we seldom attended church – unless someone died.
I don’t ever remember anyone getting upset about the team saying The Lord’s Prayer. In today’s world, a team from a public school could probably still recite the prayer because of freedom of speech, but the coach could probably not lead it.
Today we are a more diverse society. What if some players were not Christians or believed in another religion?
Our country was founded on the freedom of religion and the separation of church and state. The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
I enjoy studying (not judging) the differences between religions. I’ve had friends that would answer my questions about their religion and ask me questions about mine. I’ve read books about the differences in the major religions in the world. It’s fascinating.
One thing I have learned is that there are good and bad people in each religion. People struggle with their religious beliefs and doing what is right.
In short, life is a journey. Enjoy it. Learn from it. Be kind to others.
Racial prejudice, anti-Semitism, or hatred of anyone with different beliefs has no place in the human mind or heart. – Billy Graham