More nonsense in Texas
In case you were wondering, the answer is yes, Texas is now the craziest state in America. It seems like every day Texans are pushing back on separation of church and state, and now that they are requiring schools to teach the Bible, I have to wonder when they are going to officially declare themselves a theocracy.
It’s your typical reactionary response to modernism. Parents believe their children are immoral and corrupt because they refuse to read or follow the Bible (which is probably a good thing), and so they foolishly believe creating mandatory courses on the “Good Book” will fix everything.
I have to wonder what kind of shit storm this is going to create. The founding fathers specifically called for the Establishment Clause in the Constitution to avoid this kind of pandering to religion; as soon as one becomes the “official” religion of the state, the whole democratic process is threatened. The problem is these Christians are so busy trying to force their religion down everyone’s throat they are forgetting why this separation is so important. As a Christian how they would feel if their children were forced to study and learn the Koran, or the Upanishads?
**NOTE** As Ryan (in the comments) pointed out, making the Bible mandatory in school is actually a BRILLIANT idea. I seem to remember how much I absolutely hated all manner of subjects at school, and, more precisely, resented being forced to learn and recite anything I didn’t want to. After all, the daily prayer was ingrained into my head when I was a small child (going to a Catholic elementary school), and I think it actually made me a skeptic in the first place. In other words, making it a part of the school system is bound to invite the same hatred and disdain on the Church too. You couldn’t do a better job of destroying religion than by teaching it to everybody.