Why Aren't Schools Teaching Religion in the Context of History?
Bill O’Reilly and Charles Krauthammer discussed teaching religion in schools on “The O’Reilly Factor” tonight.
O’Reilly said that you can’t teach the history of the United States without discussing Judeo-Christian tradition and the impact it had on the framers.
Krauthammer said that under the First Amendment, public schools can teach about religion.
“There’s nothing wrong with teaching Christianity in the founding, Jesus – if you like – in the context of the founding,” he said. “The only difference is under the First Amendment, you teach about religion and its influence on history and philosophy, but you do not teach religion itself.”
O’Reilly asked Krauthammer why schools aren’t teaching about religion, if that’s the case.
“Well because we’re not teaching anything,” Krauthammer said. “We’re not teaching the Civil War, we’re not teaching who the founders are, we’re not explaining anything. I’ve looked at the AP exams that my son had to write in high school, there are whole gaps in the history.”
Hear more of their discussion above.