Jan 3, 2007
A group dedicated to doing away with the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution’s ban on establishing a state religion that’s affiliated with the biggest homophobic group in Michigan is trying to establish a course on the Bible at Howell High School.
North Carolina-based National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools is trying to establish an elective course that will study the bible in a literary context and as history not as doctrine. This group claims the “program is concerned with education rather than indoctrination,” but its website says it want to return the Bible to public schools.
They are also affiliated with the American Family Association. This is the religious group that hates gays that is boycotting Ford Motor Co. because it advertises its products in publications aimed at gays. Those of us in Michigan thank you for that. The Michigan chapter of AFA is headed by undoubtedly the biggest homophobia in the state, Gary Glenn.
Luckily, this backdoor assault on the Constitution’s separation of church and state is being contested by a group called Michigan Atheists. They might have an uphill battle, judging by this misgauged quote from the rightwing reactionary on the Howell Public Schools Board of Education, Wendy Day.
According to the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, Day further contended the atheist group is inaccurate when it cites the U.S. Constitution as mandating a separation of church and state.
"To state it's a constitutional issue is misleading and inaccurate," she said.
Is she for real? Normally I would support the study of comparative religion and the Bible as literature in public schools, and it does not violate the 1st Amendment if it’s done correctly. One of the best courses I took in college was World Religions, and it changed the way I look at cultural, other countries and the world in general.
If this North Carolina group with its agenda is allowed to develop the curriculum for this course I can guarantee it will violate the Constitution.
We have some of the best state universities in the country right here in Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Ypsilanti, Mount Pleasant and Kalamazoo with excellent liberal arts, Religious and Philosophy departments that can provide excellent curriculum. I don’t want to offend my Spartan readers, but the University of Michigan has been described as the Stanford of the Midwest. Why do me need to go to North Carolina for curriculum when we have the best educational institutions in the country in our own state?