School board finally stops Bible readings.
Organization: Temple University
A small news item from the Philadelphia Legal Intelligencier
gave me a real start the other day. I guess I must be hopelessly naive.
It seems that the Warrior Run Area School Board in north-central
Pennsylvania voted last week to end the practice of Bible readings
during morning exercises. This action was taken under threats of
legal action and after several board members had been defeated in a
recent election. Now this seems on the surface to be a reaction to an
attempted takeover by fundies, yes? NO! Seems that the board had voted
only a month before to continue the readings but the practice dated
back 38 years! It was instated before the Supreme Court handed down
its ruling in 1963 but had never before been challenged. Why was this
allowed to continue for so long in open defiance of a Supreme Court
ruling? Is this really an example of how our government protects our
rights, by making decisions but ignoring their implimentation if the
violation is kept quietly out of the public eye? Maybe it's time to
apply for citizenship in Oceana after all.
STEWART RILEY STWRILEY@VM.TEMPLE.EDU
Organization: Computer "Science" Dept, Yale University
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott Horne)
Religion in the public schools (for British friends: in the US, a
public school is a government-funded one, as opposed to a private
school) continues. In recent years, I've attended several high-school
graduation ceremonies with prayers and other Christian religious rites.
Several posters here have reported instances of prayer instituted by
teachers. It's not hard to imagine how the schools get away with it:
parents will only find out if their children tell them, and most parents
wouldn't do anything, anyway (most people probably don't even know what
the law says about religion in schools).