posted on Oct, 12 2013 @ 11:39 PM
Sorry for the delayed reply; I was out of town all week and just got back. Anyway, to the point...
I can certainly accept a separation of church and state; one should not be able to dictate to the other how to run things. (and I say that as a
deeply religious person) I do, however, think it is a good idea for people to be exposed to as many different viewpoints as possible; in fact, this
is one of the main goals of education, i.e. to educate people and help them learn how to make their own choices.
Speaking from my own experiences, what I recall is that the Gideons came to our school, and they gave a short presentation in our homeroom class about
who they were and why they were doing what they did, and then anybody who wanted one could take a Gideon's Bible. There wasn't any pressure to take
one. I'm pretty sure most of the kids did, if memory serves, but I'll be very surprised if more than one or two ever actually cracked the spine of
Being Christian myself, I definitely have a strong bias here, but I'm curious whether my reaction would be any different had it been Muslims bringing
Korans to class, or something like that. I still think it's a good idea to learn about other religions, even for those who already have a religion
or are atheist. Regardless of whether we think a particular religion has any value or not, the indisputable fact is that there on Earth ~1+ billion
Christians, ~1+ billion Muslims, and so on, and we all interact with people of faiths other than our own on a daily basis, and it is a good thing to
know more about the people around you. I have absolutely no intention of changing my religion, for example, but I still have a Koran, a Tibetan Book
of the Dead, and a few other religious texts on my bookshelf, simply for the sake of learning.