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  •  Interesting. (6+ / 0-)
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    As pelagicray has mentioned, there were Catholic and Episcopal churches here before integration, but in the 60's and 70's, Baptist, Church of Christ, Evangelical, and other fundamentalist churches began setting up schools - "Academies" as they were often called. And the only reason was to keep their children from being contaminated by "the blacks." Since I neither went to one or sent my children to one, I don't know what they taught, but I imagine it was a different science and history than regular schools (public or already established private) taught.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 05:56:37 AM PDT

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    •  Back in the late 1970s, when I lived down South, (3+ / 0-)
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      one of the pastors of such a flock appeared before the school board and demanded equal time for Creation Science and the elimination of "social" and "critical thinking" subject matter in the public schools. He had a conflict of interest as his church ran an "academy." Never mind, he had some of his flock with him and many board members were sympathetic.

      There was considerable support and sympathy when he related how "sick and tired" he and his flock were to have their children come home and "challenge" their teachings after some "Communist" social teaching or anti-Bible teaching had been done in school. Last I heard the public schools there were under a lot of mandates to not cause such questioning among the children.

      I mentioned that trend in a comment days ago and in much of the nation those termites have eaten the floor joists of a reasonable and advanced nation.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 08:49:33 AM PDT

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      •  Our new Republican legislature in TN (6+ / 0-)

        is trying to pass a law saying that science classes must "teach the controversy" regarding evolution and climate change. I don't remember if it has passed yet or not; it's something new to fight every damned day with them. The latest is that counties and cities cannot have a more progressive anti-discrimination policy than that of the state. This is a result of Nashville passing an ordinance including sexual orientation in the list of anti-discrimination criteria for businesses with city contracts. It makes you want to pull your hair out.

        And I am old enough that I graduated from HS before the legislature repealed the previous anti-evolution law. We had pages of our biology textbook stapled together lest we might read the pages on evolution and go to hell.

        You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

        by sewaneepat on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 09:08:25 AM PDT

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    •  Ironic (3+ / 0-)
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      That Christianity, which holds as a primary teaching: "Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself," has such a difficult time following the teaching.

      "Without LOVE in the dream it will never come true..." -Hunter/Garcia

      by US Blues on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 08:57:20 AM PDT

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      •  What is taught in many a "Christian" church (1+ / 0-)
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        completely ignores the "red letter" text of their New Testaments that indicates words of the one they name themselves after.

        In fact, a number of ministers got into serious trouble in some churches when they took those red letter passages as the basis for teaching sermons. In less hierarchical churches they got run out. In the hierarchical ones there were splinter denominations. Look at the issues in the Episcopal churches over homosexuality.

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

        by pelagicray on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 09:05:37 AM PDT

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