Both bills passed the Senate with a 31 to 3 vote.
I think Kentucky’s representatives need to be reminded of the various landmark court cases that have been decided by the Supreme Court.
HB128 and SB15 have a very good chance of violating the Establishment Clause, as it is very specific on what may be used. It does not state nor implies that any other books may be used. Louisiana attempted this when it required public schools to teach evolution while using the Holy Bible as a textbook. This case is known as Edwards v. Aguillard (1987).
The Establishment Clause, also known as the First Amendment, is simple to understand even if many people don’t like it.
The clause forbids more than the establishment of religion by the government. It forbids even laws respecting an establishment of religion..
To break it down further, the government cannot create any laws where any religion has the upper hand, or downplay someones elses beliefs regardless of whether it agrees with them or not.
While the bill has the best of intentions, representatives with the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky say it has the potential to go too far.
Personally, I agree with any and all students to being able to express their beliefs without fear of rebuke but it allows teachers the ability to press their beliefs on their students.
Kentucky Democratic Sen. Perry Clark rebuked the bill as it seeks to “establish one ecclesiastical policy as pre-eminent over others,” and said religious instruction is “best left to the home and to the church, unaided and untainted by the state.”
We concur. We need to start repairing this particular wall that separates church and state. Would Kentucky legislation have supported these bills if the passages that Linus used to talk to Charlie Brown about Christmas were from the Holy Quran?
The only question I have for Kentucky senators: Do you want religion to be taught without discrimination in schools or just yours specifically?
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