Why Bible Literacy in Schools?

Kid’s just can’t get a break, can they?

Religious Lawmakers’ “Bible Literacy” success in some states creates heightened need for attention to the application of secular educational principles in practice.

“Bible literacy” bills introduced across the United States represent an opportunity to establish legal acceptance of the appearance of bible study in tax-funded public schools and other learning institutions, so that evangelists and their followers can enjoy unmitigated access to children entrusted to educational systems.

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It’s a curiosity whether parents understand that they in fact are being pressed, during a block of time in which they don’t have oversight of the delivery of lessons (young, impressionable minds being prepped to build a future). Against the better practices of commonly-known findings of science and psychology, medieval ideals loom that will determine course of life for generations to come if instituted via continued religious freedom legislation.

Compounding this, many kids don’t have free range lifestyles, unless they’re either exceptionally fortunate or neglected (the manner of “free range” allowance being determinably important). They may have less access to means of the application of free thought. While there are the benefits of online communities’ greater circles of influence, even locally through those communities, it’s all the better for kids to have safe access to the wider community that extends afoot beyond the place they call home . . . different people of diverse populations, new friends, ideas and unique realities.

Religious freedom, including the freedom to engage in bible study (and freedom from religion), has been one of our greatest traits since the formation of the official convening of our original ‘state’ representatives.

We must make efforts to remind everyone of the true meaning and intent of living within an American secular environment. Without any new laws, we are free to teach our children, and others, about our religion—whatever it may be. The so-called concept of “bible literacy” being introduced into school systems is wholly unnecessary.

There are churches on virtually every corner, open to anyone who wishes to congregate within and amongst their particularly-designed, sectarian events. In fact, there are so many churches in part due to the inability of people to remain convened together upon open discussion or consideration of private or individual issues. While the reference here is to schism, of course we should recognize as well that churches exist on every corner also due to population growth and sheer number who make up the faithful, divinity-seeking types within the population.

In turn, taking a secular view, we recognize that our lives reflect the state of society (which reflects the natural state) which is—essentially—to heat and expand upon friction. The problem, despite beauty, of labeled religions and movements is not in their better intent but in the inherently nourishing root that never dies—the incompatible beliefs and lifestyles of people.

To progress in greater peace, we should purposefully work to address our challenging divisive tendencies through the preservation and practice of what we know: secularism—a kind of blind faith, if you will, in what is our secular society of freedom . . . to choose and practice religion or to practice other born or adopted belief systems. We must keep safe from injury the system in place for hundreds of years and relied upon to obtain established protections. Religious freedom, including the freedom to engage in bible study and freedom from religion, has been one of our greatest traits since the formation of the official convening of our original ‘state’ representatives.

Religious freedom laws in the spirit of their respective religions in politicized influence, while not the distinct definition of a coup d’etat, certainly can be described as an official push (backed up by their unofficial constituents in various community areas of influence upon the confluence of individuals).

Otherwise known simply as an overthrow, and comprising a serious and more immediate change in total behavior on the part of a government, we can’t sensibly ‘call coup’.  We can recognize our position, the basic meaning of the term, by acknowledging the way in which it’s expressed in other language, such as:

putsh – to “push” or to overthrow.

—early 20th century: from Swiss German, literally ‘thrust, blow’ (Bing: Oxford Dictionaries)

In it’s most-negative form, an election can be a type of nonviolent coup, which is the point in regard to lengths we’re willing to let go if we neglect our civic duties—whether in protest or apathy.

Working together, we can define and achieve the true nature of life in a free state by continuing in perseverance to resist the push.

Refer to the links below to learn more about a few secular organizations working to enhance the experience of the otherwise marginalized nonreligous or irreligious, and established secular:

The Brights’ Net – a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to “building a constituency”; constructively addresses the marginalized situation of persons who have a naturalistic worldview.

Sunday Assembly – non-religious gathering co-founded by Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans in January 2013 in London, England. The gathering is mostly for non-religious people who want a similar communal experience to a religious church, though religious people are also welcome.

Secular Coalition for America – an advocacy organization that represents the interests of secular Americans including atheists, humanists, freethinkers, agnostics, and other nontheistic Americans, counter to legislative “religious freedom” bills that contain dreadful, often hateful, intent. Sign up for their action alerts by visiting their action center.

By working on ways to enhance the positive experiences of our diverse communities and their members, we will successfully continue to define what it means to ensure individual freedom within a collective society—a diverse yet cohesive in-group that doesn’t require compulsory identification with a religion or other separatist movement.

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