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NeoNotes — Religion in public schools

When I was starting out, most of the groups I knew of deliberately would not instruct anyone under the age of consent.

I agree that people should learn what they can of other faiths and paths. I don't think religion belongs in the public schools. Public schools are compulsory, students can't walk away if they do not agree. I bet that most readers here would not approve if it were Christianity we were reading about.

I don't think there should be public schools, but that is a completely different topic.

Faith is a personal choice, it shouldn't be encouraged by a school district or any public arm of the state.



First, let me say again that I think public schools are a mistake.

With that said, your idea has possibilities. There would be issues, such as the school staff deciding what is and is not a real religion. And someone should make sure that there were at least three Christian choices. There's an old saying about two churches would fight but thirty would coexist.

Finally, there is a question of a religion forcing it's morality or other codes on others. To me, this is the most important question. Just as one example, I don't think women should be forced to cover their bodies and faces.

I'm a big believer that "your beliefs shouldn't govern my behavior."

Your idea might work if everyone walked a very fine line. And yes, the parental consent is absolutely necessary.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.
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Dreams seem small

If our dreams seem small, it's up to us to make them greater. We need to make our own, not reach for the dreams of another. We can make it our Journey, or we can live the Story of another. A simple choice but the price is high. Just your faith and trust.
     — NeoWayland

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NeoNotes — Parity is the keystone

If I don't share your faith, I shouldn't be bound by it. If you don't share my faith, you shouldn't be bound by it.

This is parity. It can be derived from what Christians call the Golden Rule. It's also called the Ethic of Reciprocity and is arguably the keystone of Western Civilization besides being found in nearly every culture on Earth. Behavioral studies show that a rudimentary form exists in higher mammals. Fair is fair.

One of my "party tricks" is showing that you can build an entire moral, ethical, and legal system based on nothing but the Ethic of Reciprocity. No "Higher Law." No use of force except in defense. No one faith and no one group raised above all others never to be questioned.

Just treating each other as we would want to be treated. Nothing more, nothing less. Live and let live.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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NeoNotes — Religion enshrined in law

Why should any religion be enshrined in law? Raised above all others as THE Moral Standard?

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Faith & religion

I believe that faith and religion can be a tremendous source of individual morality and a dangerous tyranny in society.
     — NeoWayland

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from crux № 16 — My beliefs

I believe that people are perfectly capable of making their own choices and that society is the better if people do exactly that.

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NeoNotes — Who gets to call the shots

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“Freedom is what matters.”

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NeoNotes — Subjective morality

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“The law should be limited to punishing direct, measurable harm.”

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from crux № 15 - make it better

“I want a government that is smaller than absolutely necessary.

I believe that people are perfectly capable of making their own choices and that society is the better if people do exactly that.”

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NeoNotes — Conversation - updated

“Climate is changing Because it's HUMANITY'S FAULT and WE'RE SCREWING UP THE PLANET!!!!!"

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