The Controversial Issue of Religion In Schools.

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The Controversial Issue of Religion in Schools

I was once talking with a man who told me that he did not believe in giving little children any religious instruction whatsoever. His theory was that the child's mind should not be prejudiced in any direction, but when he came to years of discretion, he should be permitted to choose his religious opinions for himself. I said nothing, but after awhile he asked me if I would like to see his garden. I said I would, and he took me out into the garden where only weeds were growing. I looked at him in surprise and said, "Why, this is not a garden! There's nothing but weeds here."

"Well, you see," answered the man, "I did not wish to infringe upon the liberty of the garden in any way. I was just giving the garden a chance to express itself and to choose its own production."

It is appalling to believe that the non-denominational world does not believe in God or any other higher being, while in reality, it is a foundation for how we think, feel and act. That is not the way most religions perceive their own beliefs, or does religious behavior in this nation or many others conform to that view? We are not to say that religion is evil, but that there are inherent conflicts and problems in religion that cannot be overlooked. Now with the idea of separation of church from the state, the government is trying to take all religious ideas out of the school systems. Religion should be an important part of a child's education, although certain people do not agree with this concept. If religion is brought back into our school systems, children might learn why certain people of different religions do not get...