By Michael Ware – BarbWire guest contributor
The idea that the school district would have a “Freedom of Religion Day” seemed a good one. It would promote this “founding” principle of our country. This would expose the children to many different views. Distribution of educational materials would be allowed. All went well until the atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) found out that Bibles were being given to high school students.
In 2013, upon discovering that World Changes, a Christian ministry, was distributing Bibles, FFRF asked the school district to allow them to distribute atheistic material. This material, which christiannews.net reports were also anti-Christian, was allowed. The Orange County School Board would not allow certain materials though. They stated that these materials were not appropriate or disruptive.
This prompted FFRF to file a lawsuit. As is often the case, the school board caved and allowed the material, and the case was dropped. This led to another group, The Satanic Temple, based in New York to announce in September that it will distribute material on “Freedom of Religion Day.” They released this statement:
I am quite certain that all of the children in these Florida schools are already aware of the Christian religion and it’s Bible, and this might be the first exposure these children have to the actual practice of Satanism . . . We think many students will be very curious to see what we offer.
In response, the Orange County School District has restricted the distribution policy for outside groups. This means that though it is freedom of religion, unless the materials come from the school district, it cannot be distributed. This is exactly what these two groups wanted.
“We don’t want our schools to become religious battlefields,” David Williamson of FFRF told WFTV. “We’ve advocated all along to close the forum.”
What has to be understood is that this kind of foolishness is the end results of a pluralistic society. Those who believe anything will eventually lose their freedom to express that belief. Pluralism is a lie that is to lead to the silencing of religion. The reasoning is simple.
If we want absolute religious freedom, then everything, which can be claimed as a religion, has to be allowed. But this is not what these people want. Pluralists do not want to expose their children to every religion. In order to stop religious pluralism, the atheist has only to bring out the provocative material: Those things we do not want our children exposed to. When that happens, the pluralist caves.
This gives the atheist what he wants, the void of religion. However, he does not realize that the worship of man is a religion. Humanism is the worst religion of all. It leads to the death of the object worshiped in the name of that object’s elevation. It is the rejection of man for the idea of man. The idea of “what he can be,” leads to the murder of those who do not fit that mold.
Until we recognize that the idea of pluralism is empty and unattainable, we will continue to be silenced by such tactics. We have to hold to the truth once again. Not every idea is valid. Because it is absurd to demand that all ideas or beliefs are equal, it leads to the absurd. Only truth from Scripture is valid and can save us from such absurdity.
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