Very true. The genesis of this battle comes primarily from the
so-called Christian community, due to their self-proclaimed mission to "spread
the gospel". They are mandated to push their religion onto the world, and
of course justify this by claiming/believing that they are actually doing the
world a favor. That others might not share their sense of wonderment at
the "good news" about Jesus etc, does not seem to factor into the
equation. Growing up on bible stories and stories of tortured martyrs
doesn't help either!
On the voucher side, many parents who have chosen to send their children to
private schools feel like they are being hit with a double whammy: paying
tuition for their own children while paying taxes to educate others.
Short-sighted, but that is where the voucher concept came from. Of course,
that only passes the buck and you have parents of public school children paying
taxes for their own kids as well as paying taxes to help send the private school
kids to school!
Frustrating, but yep, it IS a never-ending battle. And reason seldom
shows up when "Jesus" is involved!
In a message dated 4/5/2013 8:22:40 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
[address removed] writes:
How frustrating that this
continues to even be a debate. It's a never ending battle. They think of it as
an attack on Christianity, but really it's a protection for everyone,
regardless of belief or non-belief. Even when I was a believer, I supported
the separation of Church and State, because my beliefs were not mainstream,
and I did agree that government buildings should be neutral.
After you posted the information on school vouchers being defeated, I
posted the information on my secular forum expecting some good and insightful
comments. I was deeply disappointed. It turned out that even atheists argued
for the voucher program. Their reasoning was that the public schools were a
mess, so this may be a solution. Kids will follow the religion of their
parents, regardless of the schools the government funds. AND we don't have a
right to tell others how to believe (not sure where that one comes from).
There was absolutely no regard for the Constitution in the matter, and no
concern about maintaining the separation.
It really gets discouraging.
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