Feb 15, 2014 · 2:00 PM
Meetup is at a decent IHOP in separate room that is closed off from rest of restaurant. Room is free as long as we order food from the restaurant, so please come hungry, or at least order an appetizer :) We will have a brief explanation of what we are discussing and then open it up for comments. It is well mediated and we track who wants to make comments and also try to keep the comments to a reasonable length and on topic, so please understand that the mediator may interrupt if he or she feels it is necessary. Others should not interrupt when someone else is talking. This format has worked well for us in past discussions and makes the discussion productive. Some of the questions that we could discuss are:
Should the pledge be done in school? When children opt out of saying it does that alienate them?
How can we ensure evolution is taught in science class, and that the school or teacher don't influence children with their religious beliefs in creationism?
Local issues with schools, from Bibles being distributed in Orange county schools and school board members who want to teach creationism. Open discussion on reasons why we care, and what we can do about it.
What should we tell our children to say if approached by religious children that ask them about their beliefs?
Should religion be taught in schools? All religions in a religion class and can it be done without biased? If you have other questions add them in the comment section and we can discuss each as long as time allows it.