Wednesday, August 31, 2011

DeSoto County still doesn't get it

DeSoto County, where the recent controversy over prayer at school events occurred, has once again attracted the attention of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). This time, the school board has been allowing the Gideons to distribute Bibles during class.

The FFRF cites the Berger v. Rensselaer Central School Corporation case, in which the distribution of Bibles during school time was declared to be a violation of the First Amendment. In particular, it violates the establishment clause, which states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..."

Clearly, the DeSoto County School Board has a lot to learn about the First Amendment. I remember learning about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in high school. The situation begs the question: what are DeSoto County students learning? Are they being taught about the country in which they reside? Are they even being taught about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? And if they are, what are they actually being taught about it?

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