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Religion in the public schools, libraries, etc.


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The conflicts:

bullet Many people with exclusivist views -- those who believe that theirs is the only true religion -- feel very strongly that their religion should be taught in the schools. Some want their religion taught as truth. Some do not approve of religions other than theirs being taught on an equal basis to their own.
bullet Many people with inclusivist beliefs -- those who believe that their religion is true but that some truth may be often found in other religions as well -- want all major religions discussed in the schools, but want their religion to be given special treatment.
bullet Many people with pluralistic views -- those who believe that all religions are true, when evaluated against their local culture -- feel that a truly education person needs to have some knowledge of all of the major world religions and belief systems. Some are concerned that, in practice, some teachers may teach one particular religion as truth.
bullet Some strong Agnostics, Atheists, Humanists, secularists, etc. feel that religion should not be taught in schools because attempts to do so often degenerate into indoctrination of the students with the beliefs of the dominant religion.
bullet The constitution of the U.S., as currently interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court, requires a strict separation of church and state. This places severe restrictions on exactly how religion can legally be taught in the public schools. These limitations are often in conflict with the local culture.

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet Legal considerations
bullet Teaching about religion vs. teaching religion as truth
bullet Examples of conflicts over teaching religion in public schools
bullet Teaching about religion in Nyssa, OR

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Copyright 2000 to 2006 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2000-JAN-16
Latest update: 2006-OCT-11
Author: B.A. Robinson

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