Thursday, August 02, 2007

Religious Conflict Reviving in America

The prominent role that religion is playing in contemporary American politics is reviving conflicts that were once dormant or at least subdued in this country.

Ethics Daily is reporting that GOP Presidential candidates Sam Brownback and Mike Huckabee are sparring over an allegedly "anti-catholic" e-mail that has surfaced from a Huckabee supporter in Iowa. The author of the e-mail contends that "Protestants should vote for Protestants." Apparently, for him, denominationalism is a trumph card in the game of politics.

Of greater concern is the religious balkanization of public education as members of different faiths are launching charter schools to preserve their religious culture at taxpayer expense. Jewish Week has published a report about "Hebrew, Arabic Schools Seen Stretching the Boundaries."

Segregating schools along religious lines will prove to be as divisive as segregating schools along racial lines has been.

People of different faiths will never learn to get along until they all agree to stop trying to use the public schools to proselytize and indoctrinate unbelievers into their faith.

No comments: