02/18/2005: Thought for the Day:
Maybe the good people of Staunton have never been in the position of being the lone Buddhist, or Jehovah's Witness, or Jew, sitting in an empty classroom drawing Sponge Bob, while the rest of the class is off playing games next door. But most first-graders are not subtle or critical thinkers; they just about understand "good" and "bad' and "right" and "wrong." Religion at this age is indoctrination, as it must be, but it's naive to believe that such indoctrination doesn't affect the outsiders. One mother, who herself teaches Sunday school but nevertheless opted out of the program, explains it better than I ever could: "I asked them whether Jesus was a Christian and they said 'yes.' When I said, 'Jesus was a Jew,' one girl said, 'But Jesus was a good person.' "
--Dahlia Lithwick, on released time religious education programs in public schools
Len on 02.18.05 @ 06:20 AM CST