Is it possible to avoid teaching religion in school? No—and I’ll explain why below. But the state of Tennessee might rule out a few of them, including Christianity! In a response to alleged Islamic teaching in public schools, a “Tennessee state legislator has proposed a state law that would prevent public schools from teaching anything about religious principles until students reach the 10th grade.” But if this bill were to become law, would this actually stop schools from teaching religious principles before the 10th grade? No!
You see, from very early grades right until they graduate, students in public schools are learning the “religious principles” of the secular religion! Public schools are not neutral. As Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad” (Matthew 12:30). There is no neutrality. Students in government-run schools are being thoroughly educated in religion—the secular religion of naturalism. Evolution and millions of years are the major principles of this religion. They explain how life and the universe could arise without the need of a Creator. The public school textbooks often define science as explaining things only by natural processes and that supernatural explanations are not allowed to be a part of science. Naturalism is really atheism! Now if the students are taught there is no Creator, then there are no moral absolutes and man makes the rules. Of course, this is exactly the kind of morality—a secular morality—that is being taught in public schools. It’s a secular religion that is being taught to millions of students without them even knowing it.
So if this proposed bill passes, will the students actually not learn religious principles until they get to grade 10? Of course not! They will continue to learn religious principles from the secular religion, just as they have for years. Sadly, generations of students have been indoctrinated with naturalistic beliefs that reject God’s Word, and the fruit of this is seen in our nation in abortion, gay “marriage,” gender confusion, racism, and so much more. In essence (except for the minority of Christian teachers in the system), public schools are, in reality, churches of atheism.
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.