Although I was raised a devout Catholic — none of this Easter-and-Christmas-only business for us, we were in the front pew every single Sunday — I’ve not been to a religious service in years and, other than Passover Seders with family, I’m not sure my kids ever have. In general, I firmly believe this is a good thing. I certainly don’t forbid them from going to church and, if they were interested in going, would definitely facilitate that, but, for the most part, I think they’re much better off spending Sunday mornings in swim lessons than in church. And yet, as a parent, I recognize that there are some benefits to raising church-going kids that I’m missing.
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A Facebook Friend posted just the other day that he was shocked that his daughter’s teacher had given the class a list of the five pillars of Islam as part of a unit on the Middle East. He felt that not only was this teaching the students about Islam but it was also teaching them how to convert. He believed this was an inappropriate violation of the doctrine of separation of church and state. To further complicate matters, the teacher had informed the students that she was a Muslim. So a call was made to the school principal and a meeting has been scheduled to discuss the matter.
Well, Rhonda Thurman, a member of the Hamilton County Board of Education in Tennessee, has a solution. If the teacher begins teaching the students about Islam or praying with them, my friend’s daughter and any other offended students can simply “put their fingers in their ears.” Yep, she actually said that.
The Bible — be it the King James, the New International, or any of the more than 80 other English versions — is not an easy read. There’s a lot that is difficult, confusing, or just downright boring (lists of who begat whom, anyone?). Is it any wonder that most six-year-old girls are more interested in Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty than Matthew and Mark? Well have no fear, theist parents, now there’s a solution to this dilemma!