“Every day, 55 million American children and their teachers show up for school. For the nearly 90% who attend a public school, the ACLU and other anti-Christian organizations have systematically stripped almost every vestige of Christianity from their schools. But there is still a powerful remnant of Christianity that even the ACLU cannot remove-the Christian teachers, coaches, students and parents themselves!”
So begins the brochure for the Salt & Light workshop to be held at First Baptist Church of Central Florida on Friday, July 16, from 8 a.m. until noon.
“Are you a bold witness for Jesus Christ” in the public school in which you teach other people’s children? Or are you too afraid to turn your students to Christ because of the separation of church and state?
The Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools (SBACS) and the Florida Baptist Convention have teamed up with the Liberty Council (a legal advocacy group that helps Christians get around the wall of separation), to host a morning workshop in which they will teach public school teachers, administrators, staff, parents, students, or anyone who wants to attend, how they can skirt not only the law, but the immorality of preaching to other people’s children.
The Florida Baptist Witness claims that Scott Dixon, an attorney with the Liberty Council, “will speak at the workshop about the proper and legally protected ways Christians can practice their faith in public schools.”
But this workshop is not at all about Christians wanting to know how to practice their religion on school grounds. The brochure tells the truth: Dixon will explain not just how to practice the faith, but how to share it, supposedly within the law.
Director of SBACS, Ed Gamble, organizer of the event, will discuss “the need for Christians to be Kingdom Educators regardless of the school venue.”
In other words, it doesn’t matter that you are teaching other people’s children in a government school who come from a variety of religious backgrounds which are none of your business–you are entitled to, commanded to, teach these children about your faith, by whatever means you can. And they will teach you how to get it done just under the edge of the law.
This workshop is designed to “arm participants by teaching them how to witness, lead Bible studies, use Christian symbols, have prayer and prayer groups all in ways that are protected by the law and precedent setting decisions.”
This is not about freedom of religion. It’s not about Christians wanting to be able to practice their faith in a public school and wanting to learn how they can do that within the law. This is about Christians wanting to do everything they can to use the captive audience of public school students and staff to spread their beliefs.
Such behavior is despicable and arrogant. Imagine if it were atheists hosting such a workshop. The outcry would be horrific.
But it’s apparently okay for Christians to be contemptible when they’re doing it in the name of Jesus.