Friday, December 18, 2015

A Prophylactic Against Backlash.

In a local-interest-story-goes-national, an Old Dominion schoolboard hit the emergency brake after parents got their delicates in a pinch over a homework assignment.


I'm not quite old enough to remember the anti-Catholic sentiments that accompanied the Irish and Polish immigrant waves of the early 20th c, but it does occur to me that there's some pretty decent longstanding arrangements between secular education authorities and their ecumenical brethren. The idea of keeping religious instruction out of public schools is as felicitous as keeping, say, discussions of paleontology out of the pulpit. Some domains are not compatible. I thought commonplace pedestrian United States jurisprudence learned that lesson during the fiasco of the Scopes trial.

Maybe I was wrong.

Exodus 20:8-11, y'all.

Amendment 1 to the United States Constitution, y'all.

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