Monday, July 10, 2006

A history of religion in public schools, and how theofascists perverted it


School prayer is good, as long as it's theofascist school prayer.

Protestants in the 19th century agreed to bar "sectarian teaching" in public schools -- largely because they feared that Catholicism would be taught in districts dominated by the new wave of Roman Catholics. But Protestants agreed to keep prayers and devotional Bible-reading: symbolic practices that reflected their faith and values. Many Catholics could not in good conscience send their children to public schools in which the day began with readings from the Protestant Bible. Haynes said this is one reason there is a strong Catholic school system today.



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