Monday, February 28, 2005

Separation of Church and State

I run the risk of being labled by admitting to the following thoughts. I am clearly aware of the undertones that are becoming more overt by the year. These overt undertones could be a reaction to Christianity's often holier than thou mentality, but never-the-less, I find the rejection of all things related in anyway to Christianity a bit pig-headed and just as judgemental as the holier than thous.
As I am navigating through my first year as an English teacher, recognizing the lack of texts to choose from, I began looking into new British novels to teach to the seniors. One such book, a somewhat steamy and mysterious novel concerning an Anglican priest came to mind. But I was immediately choked by that question of appropriateness, not so much because of the sex, but because the religious theme is quite prevalent.
I then thought of C.S. Lewis, by far one of the most renowned British authors of the modern era. He was clearly a Christian apologetic, interspersing some less relgious writings throughout his career. But his best work is by far christian. So, I am hesitating at introducing my students to a wonderful author simply because he is christian. Ironic isn't it? That those who discredit Christianity as exclusive and narrow-minded, do just that whenever it comes to Christian thought. It reminds me of that whole elementary school birthday invitation thing. You forgot to invite me, so I'll forget to invite you--and make sure you and everyone else knows I forgot to invite you.


At 12:33 AM , Blogger 5wahls said...

Interesting comment. We live in Germany and send our children to the local German school (1st and 2nd grades). There, religion is part of the public school. Because the village is Catholic, students can take a Catholic based religion class, or "other", which is more general. The class is twice a week. When I mention to German friends that religion is not allowed in the US public schools (and our Canadian friends, who have told us that their public schools teach religion), the Germans are startled.

Also, there is no "invite all or invite none" rule in the schools here - my son has missed invitation, and he has no problem with it.


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