Linda K. Wertheimer, a former education editor of The Boston Globe, is the author of Faith Ed.: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance. Find her on Twitter @lindakwert.
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Fight to Stop Bible Class in Public School Resurrects Troubled History With Religion
Legally, the federal civil suit the mother and the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation recently filed against Mercer County schools is clear-cut: It is unconstitutional to preach the Bible to students in school. But there’s another pressing reason to keep these classes out of public schools: to prevent ostracizing of religious minorities and atheists.
Indoctrination of Islam Is Not the Real Issue in Public School Lessons on Religion
Opponents of lessons on Islam often claim that Christianity takes a back seat in public schools’ religious instruction. That’s what an Augusta County, Va., mother argued recently when she opposed a teacher’s use of the Muslim statement of belief in a calligraphy exercise. She held a forum at a local church to protest how her religion wasn’t allowed in schools, but Islam was.