The Loss of the Christian’s Liberty: “Religious Neutrality” in the Public Education System

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In the United States of America, there has been an ongoing attack against the freedom for Christian’s to express their religious beliefs. While other religions are tolerated to express freely, the Christian one seems to be the most attacked in the United States by secularists, seeking to bring about the eradication of religion.

Eradication of religion. Is that coming off to strong? I think not. For the Neo-Atheism movement has publically desired to do so. As well as men of history, such as Karl Marx and others influence by his ideology. Ex: Josef Stalin of the U.S.S.R. For Christian’s who would say, “I believe in Jesus, not religion.” I understand what you mean, that my “good works” don’t put me in favor with God. The unbelieving world does not see it that way so it brings much confusion to the table. What religion means according to my Mac dictionary, possibly Webster, I don’t know, is…

Religion: a particular system of faith and worship.

So that is what I mean by religion.

Christian’s believe that Jesus Christ is the perfect Son of God, who came as fully God and fully man, and died for the sins of the world on the cross, then rose again 3 days later. Proving that He is who He said He is in the Gospels. And giving life to all who repent and believe in Him.

This Christmas, 6-year old, Isaiah Martinez, of California was bullied by his own teacher, that he couldn’t pass out candy canes with a note attached describing the meaning of Christmas. The article in the Blaze published by Billy Hallowell is revealing to the nature of our public education systems today.

The article noted the treatment of Isaiah:

“After conferring with the school principal, the teacher told Isaiah that ‘Jesus is not allowed in school’ and, at the apparent direction of her principal, ripped the candy cane message from each candy cane, threw the messages in the trash, and handed the candy canes back to Isaiah for delivery to his classmates,” the press release continued. “Isaiah then nervously handed the candy canes to his classmates in fear that he was in trouble for trying to bring a little Christmas cheer and ‘good tidings’ to class.”

This next quote is what I want to focus on the most. The error of believing in religious neutrality.

Here is the quote from The Blaze Article with emphasis added:

KNBC-TV reported that district leaders are reviewing the situation, with Superintendent Debra Kaplan explaining in a written statement that officials’ intent is to “honor and respect the beliefs of all students in matters of religion.”

“At the present time, we do not have any reason to believe that the teacher or any other district employee had any intention other than to maintain an appropriate degree of religious neutrality in the classroom and to communicate this to the child in an age-appropriate manner,” Kaplan said.

Kaplan’s intent as the Superintendent is to “Honor and respect the beliefs of all students in matters of religion.” What about Isaiah’s belief system? Was he honored and respected as a free citizen of the United States, who expresses his own personal views in a diverse culture. Sure our culture is more pluralistic since we allow the existence of many religions, because we all by our own free will choose to accept or reject God.  Diversity in our culture is not allowed. It is not tolerated for a Christian today to express his beliefs in the public education arena. Why? Is it because of the exclusivity of the Christian faith? Is it because Jesus said, “I am the Way, The Truth, and the Life, NO MAN comes to the Father, except through Me” (John 14:6)?  Is it because the call to follow Jesus will be to abandon, any thought or idea, raised against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians)? I’d say it’s all the above and more.

The problem with “Religious neutrality” is that it is a scapegoat for the public education system to not cave into fundamentalists and parents demands, and for them to be at peace with the ACLU and other organizations like it.

The below quote is taken from Dr. Charles Clough’s Bible Framework series class notes:

Unfortunately for the sake of public education, this strategy rests on a number of invalid premises.  Here, however, let’s deal just with the idea that you can be religiously neutral.  Religious neutrality is not the same as religious tolerance.  Tolerance means I tolerate someone who holds an erroneous belief, not that I think his belief and my belief are equally correct.  Neutrality, unlike tolerance, insists that all such beliefs are “correct” because in the area of religion there is no true absolute knowledge.  Neutrality asserts its own theory of truth:  all religious opinion is relative (“that’s what works for you”).  Confusing neutrality for tolerance is quite common today.

The religious neutrality theory says that whether or not the God of the Bible exists and has created the universe is not important to whatever the subject at hand.  This statement, it turns out, makes the not-so-hidden, not-so-neutral claim that God could not be the Creator.  First, it denies that He could have any fundamental role in structuring the universe (if He did, then He would obviously be important to the subject at hand).  Second, it insists that each object in the universe does not bear testimony to Him (otherwise, He would be present in every subject). Third, it elevates above God an ethical standard that justifies ignoring His Presence (we “ought” to think this way and not another way).  In short, the neutral theory is not itself neutral and therefore is self-contradictory.

The important thing to notice is that the society we live in today is trying to have “feet firmly planted in mid-air.” Many in our country and specifically in this case, the public education system, hold to a relativistic worldview, i.e., “What’s true for you, is true for you, BUT what’s true for me, is true for me. You see our truths are equal.” But friends, that goes against logic. And I warn you that to give into this worldview like the culture around us is doing, can be incredibly dangerous to your life and your eternal destiny. It goes against logic for this reason:

What If my truth says that your truth is a lie? Is it still true?

If you say, 2+2=5

And I say, 2+2=4

One of them has to be right. They can’t both be right. That’s insanity. There is a right answer to the debate on religion. The answer is that I know to be true and is self-evident, is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, Creator of the Universe and the Judge appointed to judge the world on the last day. That’s obviously a very short description but the purpose of this post isn’t to lay out all my beliefs.

This is more than a battle about being right. I’m not trying to create enemies and stir up strife. The truth is that Truth itself stirs up strife. Because men suppress the truth of God in unrighteousness. It is treated as trash in the streets. To be trampled on and forgotten. If this was about being right, it would be vain to try and argue until I’m blue in the face. Being right is part of it, but it is more about the souls of men. We may be losing our liberty in this country, and although sad, this is not my home. My Home is with Jesus Christ. He came and died to give life to all men. Something none of us, including myself, deserve. Eternal Life isn’t a right, it is a privilege. But not a privilege you earn, for that is contrary to the gospel. Eternal life is a gift, and it is an honor to be bestowed with such a gift as this: to spend an eternity with the Maker of all things, not based off any good I’ve done and not rejected based off of any evil I’ve done. My wrongs have been covered by the blood of the Lamb and I write these things to you my friends to make you aware that we have a real Enemy in this world. Seeking to devour our own lives. Let him try, he will never succeed. Never. For my Jesus has taken care of everything.

Colossians 2:13-15 (ESV)

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

Here is the Blaze Article:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/01/07/jesus-is-not-allowed-teacher-reportedly-bans-first-grade-student-from-handing-out-christmas-candy-cane-story/

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