Originally Posted by Simplyme7
I was studying the history of school and religion in the US.
I came across an idea, that I had never thought of before. By the government not allowing us to have religion in schools, doesn't that violate our first amendment, because basically that is establishing atheism over other religions.
Does that make sense to anyone else? Or am I just sleep deprived?
The government cannot pass a law tp establish and one official religion over another, but by saying that we can't pray in school and all of the other things like that, then wouldn't that be passing laws establishing atheism over all other religions? And wouldn't that go against the 1st amendment?
Well atheism isn't a religion, it's a belief.
Definition of Religion: a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
Atheism doesn't fit that definition, it's simply the absense of belief in a God or higher power, there are no rules attached to it.
Also religion isn't allowed in public schools because they are run by the government and the first amendment says we have separation of church and state.