Anything you say can and will be used against you when you apply for jobs
Missouri voters today will get to decide if they want to amend their Constitution to make prayer a right. The Missouri Supreme Court has stated that the amendment is unnecessary—religious freedom is already well protected in the State’s Constitution. However, this amendment goes a few steps further. It would allow any child to opt out of an assignment in class that they find offensive to their religious views. Naturally, this opting out will occur most often in science and some history classes.
If the amendment passes, it seems that a legal battle will ensure over who has the right to control school curriculum. To be honest, I do not know how that will turn out. Either way, education is in trouble. Say the amendment is ruled unconstitutional and kids have to take the required classes and complete the necessary assignments….they do not have to really learn the stuff and can still believe that things such as evolution are wrong. Here is what I do know. You, as a human being, have the right to remain stupid. You have the right to avoid learning about things such as evolution and physics. You have the right to avoid learning the true history of Christianity over the last 2,000 years. You have the right to choose ignorance.
Here is the second part to that ignorance. The rest of the world has the right to not hire you or your children because you and they are poorly educated. Look around you and tell me what fields are going to have the “good” jobs in the future? If you answered the sciences, you will most likely be correct. Your child who is not just ignorant of true science, but actively rejects it, will not be getting those jobs. So to recap, you have the right to remain stupid, but also must deal with the consequences of that stupidity.
This amendment will also allow for public prayer. However, the public prayer that it will allow will be denominational. That is correct, the generic prayers are out and very specific denominational prayers would be in. While this may benefit your particular sect today, it only serves to reduce the religious freedom of other sects and those of secular citizens. Be aware, your sect may not always be the dominant sect.
Voters in Missouri had better think this through before they head to the polls today. This amendment does two things: 1) it erodes the education of religious children leaving them woefully unprepared for life in this century and 2) it seeks to hamper religious freedom, not strengthen it.
The sad news is that it looks like this amendment is going to pass, and do so easily. I can find nothing to celebrate in that—not because I am an atheist, but because I fear the future consequences of this poorly thought out new law.
So yes, you have the right to remain stupid, but future societies will hold all that you say and do against you. Think it through Missouri.
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