"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger
I'm not, I already agreed that I would not support this from a constitutional point of view, however personally I have no issue with it, I see and respect why others might. I was only contemplating, or furthering the discussion. I see you have no interest in pursuing that line of thought?
“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” - P. J. O’Rourke
“Socialism is great until you run out of someone elses money” Margaret Thatcher
this comes after people freaked out over a college book that talked about gay people being inappropriate for adults in college.
Here is what is funny. Who's translation will be used for the Bible? Who's definition of words? So will it be taught in context, if so will the those who think it is the inerrant word of God? This is a stupid idea. Besides, even as an elective, if taught as fact it would push up against the Constitution. So another right wing attempt to turn this country into the Handmaid's Tale.
My 14 year old showed me his material for a class his school is forcing them to attend which deals with illegal drugs and other malfeasance. In the material, they say heroin, cocaine, pot, etc. are all bad. Okay, that's good so far. Then included in the cirriculum (which is about illegal activities) are pages and pages about smoking, drinking, and gambling, including playing poker. With, by the way, no caveat that these things are only illegal for children. My husband and I both drink socially, and my husband plays poker every other Friday with his friends, rotating shifts so including at our house every few months. And I enjoy a good cigarette with my cocktails once in a while. You know what my son said? He said when he mentioned to Mrs. X that his parents enaged in these activities, Mrs. X told him that we were wrong. Imagine my surprise. I called the school, the Board of Ed, and the NH Department of Education and reminded them all that it isn't ILLEGAL for 2 people in their early 50s to do any of those activities, and it's out of line for a teacher to tell a student his parents are doing something "wrong" when we are not.
In the grand scheme of things in school, having an optional elective to let my kids be exposed to religion is benign.
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.