Perhaps one of the most annoying hot-button issues to me is the debate on whether or not creationism or intelligent design should be taught along-side evolutionary biology as an alternative theory for the origin of life on planet Earth. Annoying because evolutionary biology is a science, whereas creationism is not.
What makes evolutionary biology different from the other sciences? Perhaps because it is the most corrosive idea to religion we know of today. It is not really a matter of which theory is right or not (though it should be obvious). It is the idea that if children are educated about evolutionary biology, their parents believe their children will lose their faith.
First- If your and your child are truly religiously devout and pious, then hearing a theory that doesn’t correlate with your faith should not change what you believe. If it does, then perhaps you never had any real faith in the first place.
Second- It is not the state’s obligation to teach your child about your beliefs. If a religious parent wants their child to share the same religion, it is the parent’s duty to instill that in the child. The same argument for creationism could be used to say that since Muslim children attend American schools, Islamic beliefs should also be taught to all of the children attending. If this were the case, parents of any other faith would be very, very unhappy.
But let’s not be hostile. I am not ideologically opposed to teaching religion in schools, but it should not be grouped together with any science. Perhaps Christian Studies can be an elective at public schools along with Islamic Studies or Introduction to Taoism et cetra. Perhaps the best solution for religious parents who want their children to learn about their religion at a school instead of at home or church is to send them to a private religious school or even just to simply home-school them.
The reasoning that we are a Christian Nation and therefore we should teach Christian ideals in public schools will ultimately shoot Christians in the foot when the majority of the country converts to a more convenient religion.