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School to parents: Does your son have to be Buddhist?

Posted by doctore0 on October 23, 2014


Across the US, especially in the rural South, parents say their kids endure school-sanctioned religious activity

NEGREET, La. — Shortly after the start of the last school year, Sharon Lane said it became a fight to get her son out of the house.

“Every day, driving the same route … he would get upset and tell me, ‘Pull over, I’m going to throw up,’” Lane recalled. “What the kicker was is when he told me that he’d rather die than go to school.”

As their once well-adjusted son grew increasingly despondent, the Lanes were mystified. Then his stepsister Anna Lane, who was in the same science class, mentioned their tests.

Those tests routinely featured the question, “Isn’t it amazing what the _____ has made!!!” Fill in the word “Lord” and get extra credit.

She said she saw the science teacher stand over C.C. (“America Tonight” agreed not to us his real name) and berate him for not knowing what to put in the blank.

“She called him stupid,” Anna said, “because he believed another religion and he didn’t know all about Christianity.”

Every year, the ACLU receives dozens of reports from across the country of public schools possibly violating the separation of church and state. And more often than not, according to the ACLU, it’s the activity of evangelical Christians that treads constitutional lines.
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