First, doesn't it seem like a contradiction that they use this clause to push one religion while squashing another?
Next, I started thinking about our public schools. Our school administrators have become so frightened of lawsuits that if someone mentions their unhappiness and/or questions them where there may even be a twinge of a lawsuit they immediately back down. What does this do to our education in this country? It forces mediocrity. Hang on... This is a wild ride...
Here we go. Because our school administrative staff and teachers most be so attuned to not offending anyone they now spend most of their time looking for lessons that are so washed down that they fail to take a stand on anything. When you fail to stand up for a certain set of values, or for known historical events (right or wrong) because you might offend someone what happens?
You end up with a watered down version of the truth. Did the white man hunt and kill Indians (sorry, Native Americans) in the 18th / 19th Century? Did the white man promote slavery? Was this country founded on Christian Values? Was the school system created to promote educated Christians? Are we a democracy or a Republic? Was this country built on the blood, sweat, and painful backs of many others who have come before us? Did we not stand up to tyranny from Great Britain to gain our freedom from an autocratic system of government? Did the Crusades occur to stomp out Islam? Did the Czar's abuse their people? Is communism just another form of a socialist dictatorship? Is Saudi Arabia a Dictatorship?
Was all this pleasant? No. Did people Die? Yes. Did people get abused? Yes. Is it part of our historical culture? Yes. Should we teach these things? Yes. Should we worry about offending one person so much so that these historical realities are sliced, diced, minced, and watered down to the point of absurdity?
We have abandoned our historical (albeit short) context in favor of not offending anyone who becomes part of this great melting pot we call the United States. The United States of America was founded by Christians seeking freedom from the Church of England. This is our heritage. We have fought for the rights of our own people and for the rights of others. This is our heritage. We have made some mistakes and we have fixed them over and over again. This is our heritage. We must not bow to those who would push our heritage out the window based on their own desires. This includes those who would push out Christianity, or change our traditional views on marriage, or make the dislike of a particular lifestyle a "Hate Crime". One of the greatest gifts we have in this country is the right to disagree. It's okay. It's also part of our Heritage.
Let me leave you with a great statement by our first President and the man responsible for our freedom...
"It is impossible to rightly govern the world with God and the Bible" -- George Washington.
Tell me now that Christianity is not part of our heritage.
-End of Ramble.