Friday, November 17, 2006

Striking A Balance

Seeking to maintain the balance between the separation of church and state, parents in Columbus, Ohio think they've found a solution to the dismal offerings at their local high school. They started an independent study program in the style of "classical Christian education." The school board approved the study for high school credit. Parent Kelly Kullberg explained,

"(For) over 10 years, parents in the community have sensed a trend toward despair and violence in the books chosen" in the school district's English classes, Kullberg said. "They're hungry for hope and if that includes questions of faith and God, then my view is that is perfectly legit in a classroom, because education should be about the search for truth."
Predictably, others are not as thrilled with blending public and private education for high school credit, even though no public funds are being used.

"If what's going on is not unconstitutional, it's skating very close to the line," said Gary Daniels, litigation coordinator for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. "The real problem here is that kids receive credit for this."
Sounds like they'll be meeting in the courtroom soon. Clearly some do not recognize the parents' natural or Constitutional right to direct the education of their children. If the state really recognized the parents' right, they wouldn't need the school's approval to teach these subjects or get the credits. And why does the ACLU care? Whose civil rights are being violated? These parents are not insisting all children attend these courses, so where's the violation? If the answer wasn't already obvious, it's because it's not civil liberties, but Christian liberties that are the problem.

As I sat at the library the other day I overheard some high schoolers talking about an upcoming test. One student was quizzing the other on the Five Pillars of Islam. Where's the ACLU when you need them?

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