Trump Endorses Teaching Religion in the Public Schools. What Can He Be Thinking?

To imply that he thinks falls under the category of “facts not in evidence”


In the Washington Post, John Wagner reports that legislators in six states—North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, and Florida—have introduced bills to permit public schools to teach the Bible as literature.  President Donald Trump endorsed this effort last week in a tweet: “Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible.  Starting to make a turn back?  Great!”

The President advocates teaching about the Bible to “make a turn back”—to Make America Great Again.  He wants to appeal to his base.

I suspect the promoters of teaching “about the Bible” also have something else in mind.  Their purpose is obscured by some vague language that very likely tries to hide a violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  Some promoters of the “teach about the Bible” movement describe wanting their schools to teach Biblical literacy, and some say they are interested…

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