Latest Blog Posts on the Ten Commandments
Hag Sameach! Passover is not just about remembering the story of the Exodus from Egypt. It is about telling the story. Thousands of years before people talked about "learning styles," the Seder included many different ways of telling the story, so that everyone would be included, and everyone would feel the power of the journey toward freedom. The Haggadah makes the story come alive through tast ...
Many of the students in my community college world religions courses (who may be completely new to the academic study of religion) often find some of the seeming similarities and peculiar parallels that exist between indigenous religions on the one hand, and many of the world's major religions on the other hand, to be rather surprising, and sometimes even quite striking. For instance, take the ...
Recent blog posts have addressed some controversial matters arising from the intersection (some might say collision) between religion and our secular culture in general -- and our secular public schools in particular. I've addressed common misconceptions and misinformation revolving around such heated issues as teaching creationism and posting the Ten Commandments in U.S. public schools, as w ...
In my previous blog entry , I underscored the fact that since U.S. public schools are secular state institutions, they therefore cannot endorse or promote religion in general, or any specific religions or religious doctrines in particular. And this means that it is flatly unconstitutional for the Ten Commandments to be posted (and thereby promoted) by the state in U.S. public schools . Neverth ...
In recent blogs, I've been concerned with clearing up some common misconceptions relating to areas of interface (sometimes involving significant controversy and conflict) between religion and secular American culture. Having previously discussed why teaching creationism in public school science classes , or posting the Ten Commandments in public school classrooms , are both inappropriate and un ...
In my previous blog entry , I mentioned the fact that U.S. public schools are taxpayer-supported, government-operated state institutions (teachers and other public school staff members are state employees), and that, as state institutions, U.S. public schools are therefore required to function as secular institutions (owing to the constitutional principle of "separation of church and state ...
To attempt to put a more "human face" upon all of this abstract armchair argumentation over the constitutionality and legality (or otherwise) of the government posting or supporting displays of the Ten Commandments in U.S. public schools , let's wrap things up by just trying to look at the whole issue from a much more personal angle. Suppose a Native American family -- one who perhaps still fol ...
There's been a lot of talk about gun control lately. During WWII, Adolf Hitler never invaded Switzerland because every adult is required to have a gun. Below is some food for thought on where gun control will take us. "When you out law guns, only outlaws have guns!" - Dale H. (Thanks, Dale, for emailing me this article. Pics added.) [caption id="attachment_22 ...
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