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The Religion of Public Schools

[E]veryone who is fully trained will be like their teacher. (Luke 6:40b) NIV

I read an article recently that should not be news, but sadly for most Christians today it still is news. It was about another local public school stripping away “any reference to what [Silent Night] was about — the birth of Christ, ’round young virgin mother and child’ — all of those things were omitted from [the song].”1

Let me ask a question here: Would it have been news if this happened in a Hindu temple? Or a Buddhist, or an Islamic school? Or some other religious school that based its teachings on principles antithetical to Christianity? Probably not.

What if this local public school was only being consistent with its own religion by keeping Christ out of Silent Night? And what if the religion being taught to children was secular-humanism? Nonsense, you think? Not so fast, let’s take a quick minute to explore this topic a little deeper.

Before getting into the religious aspect of secular-humanism, let’s first agree on the definition:

The Bing dictionary defines secular-humanism as a ”nonreligious world view: a philosophy or world view that stresses human values without reference to religion or spirituality.”

The Merriam-Webster dictionary says it is: ”humanism viewed as a system of values and beliefs that are opposed to the values and beliefs of traditional religions.”

Those definitions are very clear. Secular-humanism is at its core a godless world-view that is opposed to traditional values, beliefs, and religions.

How can a godless worldview be considered a religion in America’s public schools today? We can thank the Supreme Court for that.

In the Torcaso vs Watkins decision in 1961, secular-humanism was deemed, among a number of other godless belief systems, a religion. The decision reads, “Among religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular Humanism and others.”2

Although you may disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision, it does not change the fact that secular humanism is by law considered a religion in America, just like Buddhism.

Is secular-humanism the only religion taught in our public schools today? I think it is easy to make that case. The next article will look at how the God of Christianity has been stripped out of the public school day and curriculum to be replaced by this new godless religion of secular-humanism.

Stay tuned…

1. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/12/19/some-parents-upset-after-l-i-school-removes-religious-references-from-silent-night/

2. http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/367/488/case.html

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