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The Austin Atheists Meetup Group Message Board › 68 percent saying separation of church and state is a key constitutional pri

68 percent saying separation of church and state is a key constitutional principle

Steven J T.
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Austin, TX
Post #: 12
Culture Wars in the Classroom: Texas Voters Call for a Cease-Fire

For more than 15 years the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund has been warning about the consequences of the damaging "culture wars" raging on the Texas State Board of Education. The contentious debates over what will be taught in social studies, science and sex education classrooms, in particular, have attracted national attention and derision. These divisive battles, while serious, are really been symptoms of the larger problem: Texas has allowed politicians with personal agendas, rather than teachers and scholars, to write our children's curriculum.­
A former member
Post #: 9
Yes, but in the same article 49% stated their preference for religion having "more influence in public schools". Despite the other stats in that article, such a preference is not good news. In what ways would religion have "more influence"?
A former member
Post #: 1
Because the definition of "Separation of Church and State" is just vague enough to allow ignorance. The phrase itself is not even mentioned in the constitution - it is the catchphrase from court precedence. While the actual phrase is "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," that is not the commonly understood meaning of the separation.

It is easy for the blind/ignorant/whatever to see "Separation of Church and State" as meaning that "Congress shall make no law hindering the establishment of religion," which is something else entirely. Many people are perfectly fine with government standards meant to establish a Judeo-Christian religion so long as it does nothing to hinder the establishment of a Judeo-Christian religion.

i.e. - Your standard Christian soccer mom that attends church once every few months that teaches their kids about sin and Jesus is OK with prayer in schools, they just don't want the government to get in the way of Christians being able employ their "Freedom of Speech" in schools, because this is, in their mind, a Christian society.

So it is entirely possible for a majority of those polled to think they want separation of church and state when in reality they want the state to not hinder their ability to advance the church within the state.
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