Religion and Government: Should They Mix? by Karen Judson

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By Karen Judson

This attractive sequence examines a number of arguable subject matters found in present day society.

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Since some parents believed that teaching evolution, which presents theories of the origins of human beings and other species that differ from biblical accounts, was counter to their religious beliefs, they continued to push to include creationism as an alternative to evolution in teaching science. In some areas the push was successful. S. Supreme Court ruled that states cannot require public schools to balance evolution lessons by teaching creationism. 61 Science and Religion When the Dover, Pennsylvania, school board decided in October 2004 to require ninth- grade biology students to hear a brief statement at the start of the semester saying that there were “gaps” in the theory of evolution, that intelligent design was an alternative, and that students could learn more about it by reading a textbook, Of Pandas and People, available in the high school library, they did not anticipate the furor that the decision would cause.

45 45 Religion and Government: Should They Mix? brought suit against the practice, on the grounds that it constituted an establishment of religion. ” Supreme Court decisions reflect, to some extent, how many justices are liberal in their views and how many are conservative. In church versus state issues, a majority of liberal justices may mean that decisions most often reflect a strict separation of church versus state, while if the majority of justices are conservative, decisions could lean more toward allowing less separation.

The suggested amendments to the Preamble were (proposed changes are italicized): We, the people of the United States, humbly acknowledging almighty God as the source of all authority and power in civil government, the Lord Jesus Christ as the ruler among nations, his revealed will as the supreme law of the land, in order to constitute a Christian government, and in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the inalienable rights and the blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to ourselves, our posterity, and all the people, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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