Ethics: School Announces Students Will Engage in Religious Activity

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What would you do Wednesday!

Religious disagreements in public schools is a hot topic today. People get upset over various issues from a school is forcing non-Muslims girls to wear a hijab, allowing a “Walk a Mile in Her Hijab” campaign, or banning prayer.

What if your child came home with a notice that, in the name of religious tolerance and understanding, all students will participate in the “John 3:16 Challenge” which has the following theme.

16 “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God. – John 3:16-18 (HCSB)

Students will go to public places with a teacher chaperone and share the gospel to better understand how people receive (or reject) the core Christian message. The goal is to help non-Christians better understand and tolerate Christians and their belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What would you do?

  • Encourage your child to go and see if you can help.
  • Keep your child home and complain the school is promoting religion.
  • Or…

Here I blog…

Mark

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The above article was posted on December 16, 2015 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 Susan January 6, 2017 at 6:21 pm

What would I do as a parent ….

If we are talking about equal access, equivalent time and presentation, that’s one thing. Meaning: over the course of a semester, if it is all the major (and perhaps minor as well) religions presented and explored — that’s one thing. I actually would not have a problem with that because I think we (kids too) should all be knowledgeable about the cultures and religious faiths represented in our world today. I would volunteer and get involved in helping the class.

But that’s not what is happening in many of these scenarios. It’s “let’s present the Muslim religion and worldview” but Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, Mormon, Jehovah Witness, Hindu, Buddhist, New Age, Wicca, Atheism, etc. are not welcomed and are not given equal time and emphasis. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. It’s either none at all or equal treatment that is fair and balanced. But it is not going to be three days on Islam and two hours on Christianity. That is what, I think, parents are upset about. Jesus has been kicked out of the schools, but Mohammad is welcomed with open arms.

And I suspect with my addition of “Mormon, JW, Hindu, Buddhist, New Age, Wicca and Atheism” — there went the neighborhood. I would fully expect picketing by many of the local Christian pastors all along the sidewalk in front of the school! as well as complete outrage from the parents. Political correctness obviously has its limits.

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