All children should learn about God

The answer to this question really has two parts. First, although I do believe that all children should learn about God, I don’t believe that public school is the proper venue for teaching religion. The Catholic Church teaches that parents are the primary educators of their children when it comes to religion, and the church is supposed to assist parents in doing this. Public school teachers are not trained in teaching religion. In a pluralistic society such as ours, religion should properly be taught at home and at church, and we don’t want public schools to become places for proselytizing.

Second, I do believe that it is important for children to learn about God and religion in public school. This nation was founded by people who made God a high priority in their lives, and I am sure that they would be appalled that we have essentially removed God from our public schools. While we do need to respect the right of everyone to choose how and if they worship God, we cannot dictate that those who wish to pray are prevented from doing so over concerns that someone else may be offended. The so-called "separation of church and state" was intended to prevent the government from establishing a state religion, not to prevent people from speaking about God in school. While religious education doesn’t really belong in public schools, God belongs in all parts of our lives.

— Bryan Lowe, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Catholic Church, Anniston

You’re responsible for your children

Adam and Eve didn’t lose a religion; they lost a Kingdom. They lost the relationship with the one and only true God. Every religion that will ever exist was born when man sinned. Religion is man’s attempt to rule over others as he seeks to get pleasure out of life. Man will worship something.

Israel could see how other nations worshipped their gods, but was warned by Yahweh God not to worship Him like the heathens worshipped their gods (Deuteronomy 2:4). Even though God is self-sufficient, He gets pleasure from our worship. Worshipping and loving the one true God is not a religion, but worshiping idols is very religious.

Public schools don’t have to teach children religion; they’re born religious. This is why Jesus said,"Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again" (John 3:7). Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is not a religion, but it’s a relationship that’s based on a person’s "free will" to choose to follow and obey Jesus. Following the real Messiah, and not the "live like you want to American Churchy Jesus," is a matter of obeying His commandments.

Public schools did not have sex, get pregnant and give birth to children. Two human beings did that. You’re responsible for your children. Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam are among the world’s major religions, and right now the entire world, as it has been since the fall of man, is experiencing wars and rumors of war. Until a man surrenders to God, he is at best a religious control freak.

"Have no other gods before me" is the first commandment, and if we don’t "love God with all of our heart, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourself," then we’re religious. If you’re walking in truth, and teaching your children the truth, then I don’t think you’ll be angry over the public schools teaching religion.

— Bob McClain, Living By Faith Ministry, Oxford

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