Skip to content

Religious Education

There is some educating going on in Florida, but it looks like the main group being educated is the local school board.

The whole thing started in January 2013 when the Orange County school board decided to allow a religious group to distribute free bibles in their public high schools. The Orange County school district is one of the largest in the nation, so this got a lot of attention. It is illegal (and unconstitutional) for any government entity to favor one religion over others, so if the school board was going to let one religious group distribute materials in public schools, they had to allow any religious group to do the same.

And they did. First an atheist group started distributing materials, and then the Satanic Temple. I’ve posted about the Satanic Temple before. Their main goals are not so much to spread satanism as to keep government out of the religion business. They created a brilliant “coloring book” that included activities like connecting the dots to create satanic symbols. (You gotta love a group that uses humor to defend freedom).

In reaction, the school board is doing what they should have done in the first place – shutting down religious proselytizing in their schools.

I find it amazing that some people think freedom of religion only applies to Christians.



  1. Dave TN wrote:

    I know it is off subject but the White house is accepting comments regarding the use of bee killing pesticides til’ November 24 deadline. I encourage everyone to submit a comment.
    Back on topic it would have been interesting to see the hair raising action if someone were to offer Korans.

    Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 11:20 am | Permalink
  2. Dave TN wrote:

    I knew I forgot something, the ole gray matter ain’t what it used to be,
    link for submitting comment;

    Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 11:22 am | Permalink
  3. Jae wrote:

    Every once in a while a school board forgets why the U.S. constitution separates church & state and needs a quick reminder. Don’t they teach history in Florida? This particular experiment in democracy has been tried before.

    Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 7:56 am | Permalink
  4. Jon wrote:

    We have separation of church and state in Utah. LDS Seminary classes are only offered OFF-premises from public schools. Property adjoining or across the street from public high and junior high schools in Utah, by sheer luck, just happens to be owned by the LDS Church.

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 2:55 pm | Permalink