Southern Baptists stay in Public Schools — For Now
The Washington Post reports that Southern Baptists decided not to pull their children from the public school system.
Leaders of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination Wednesday refused to support a resolution that would have urged the denomination to form an “exit strategy” for pulling Southern Baptist children from public schools in favor of home schools or private Christian schools.
Nonetheless, the discussion and vote reflected a growing discontent with a school system they regard as not neutral, but unfriendly, to religious parents and religious values. Roger Moran, who sits on the SBC’s executive committee, said that “the public schools are no longer allowed … to even acknowledge the G-d of the Bible.”
The article reflects a similar level of hostility, consistently referring to the theory of Intelligent Design in quotes, and giving the last word to a critic who said the SBC leaders supported an “anti-public school perspective.” It’s not anti-public school at all — just pro-religion. While I realize it may seem strange to imagine, in our day, a religious leadership favorable towards religious instruction, it still exists.
Of course, from our perspective it probably would have been better if the SBC had encouraged a pullout. The more voices in favor of equitable treatment for secular studies regardless of location (including in parochial schools), the better.