Why Should Atheists Have a Monopoly on Tax-Funded Schools?

By:  Sam Blumenfeld
05/22/2012
       
Why Should Atheists Have a Monopoly on Tax-Funded Schools?

 Why is atheism the privileged philosophy worthy of taxpayer support in America's schools? Why must Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish schools pay their own way, but atheist public schools are supported by billions of taxpayer dollars? The truth is that the atheist schools not only produce 30 percent academic failure but are also responsible for the moral chaos that now plagues America's youth.

 Why is atheism the privileged philosophy worthy of taxpayer support? Why must Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish schools pay their own way, but atheist schools are supported by billions of taxpayer dollars? Are they better than the denominational schools? Have they achieved a record of excellence which is the envy of the world? The truth is that the atheist schools not only produce 30-percent academic failure but are also responsible for the moral chaos that now plagues America’s youth.

How did atheism become the privileged educational philosophy in America, the only philosophy to become the exclusive recipient of federal, state, and local taxpayer support? In a nation founded on biblical religion, in which virtually every elected President has taken an oath with his hand on the Bible, one would expect that the privileged educational philosophy would be based on our traditional Judeo-Christian religious heritage.

Atheists have a right to have their own schools. But why should they be supported by taxpayers when schools operated by religious and philosophical groups are not eligible for taxpayer support? Experience has demonstrated that schools run by religious denominations produce better-behaved students. The Ten Commandments can be read and studied in the Christian and Jewish schools but are forbidden in the atheist schools. Indeed, the atheist schools have become quite intolerant of any activities related to religion. Bible reading is forbidden. Some schools have banned the singing of Christmas carols during the Christmas season.

Why do we accept the intolerance of the atheist schools when they violate the Bill of Rights that guarantees freedom of speech? Why do conservative parents and legislators tolerate such intolerance?

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