The Founders are turning in their graves. A kindergarten principal in Pennsylvania believes the youngsters should be exposed to witchcraft because the Bible is too “proselytizing.”
When his turn came, Culbertson Elementary student Wesley Busch asked his mother to read from his favorite book, the Bible. But the ADF said school officials told Donna Kay Busch that the school viewed the Bible as “proselytizing” and as “promoting a specific religious point of view,” banning it from the class.
Officials with the Marple Newtown School District had defended their actions as reasonable, and the trial court judge agreed.
However, the ADF’s brief argued “the lower court’s radical departure from settled First Amendment law poses a serious threat to religious expression.”
ADF also pointed to a poster made by young Wesley showing one of his favorite activities, going to church, which was ironically allowed by the school. If they truly thought religion “proselytizes” other students, they shouldn’t allow the poster either. The Bible reading was rejected because it presents a particula religious point of view.
Focus Action interviewed Jeremy Tedesco, with the Alliance Defense Fund:
“There’s just absolutely no reason; in fact, it’s against the Constitution to treat Christians differently.”
“Especially when the school does what it has done here, which is open up a forum for kids to say who they are and what they believe. What are they supposed to take away from this assignment? That everything is valid to talk about except for your religious beliefs or your Christian beliefs?”
Ironically, three out of four Pennsylvania education standards encourage teaching religion. Eric Buehrer with Gateways to Better Education said the directive falls on deaf ears.
“Unfortunately, a lot of educators see teaching about another religion as a cultural exercise,” he said, “but teaching about the Bible or Christianity is a violation of the separation of church and state.”
This school couldn’t be more wrong. The Founders were crystal clear on what their desire was for Christianity and schools.
Samual Adams: “Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity… and leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.” [October 4, 1790]
In Benjamin Franklin’s 1749 plan of education for public schools in Pennsylvania, he insisted that schools teach “the excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern.”
“Education is useless without the Bible” [Noah Webster. Our Christian Heritage p.5 ]
Benjamin Rush: “Let the children who are sent to those schools be taught to read and write and above all, let both sexes be carefully instructed in the principles and obligations of the Christian religion. This is the most essential part of education”
Letters of Benjamin Rush, “To the citizens of Philadelphia: A Plan for Free Schools”, March 28, 1787
Their view of Christianity was completely opposite of this “proselytizing” stance of Culbertson Elementary school officials and they have obviously misunderstood our country’s founding ideals.