The Law and Culture have been evolving in the United states scince it’s inseption. There have been many clashes and battle fought on the battle field and the courts over various cutlural practices and how we as U.S. Citizians feel the law should regulate those beliefs. Six and a half years ago my personal stake in what children can and can’t be taught in schools went up significantly and has since that time tripled as I know have three children.
What schools are and arne’t allowed to teach children has brought to rise many famous court descisions like on June 25, 1962 the US Supreme courts ruling to ban class prayer or in the case of Edwards v. Aguillard where the Us Supreme court ruled that you cannot teach creationism in the classroom. One recent event has really struck a cord with me on a personal level, The decision that “there is an obligation for public schools to teach young children to accept and endorse homosexuality”(WND,2008,The Law of The Land,3).
The arguments in the case are what the schools can and cannot teach elementary school kids about Homosexuality and Same-sex marriage. The Parents cultural beliefs are very contrary to this practice and feel it to be very unconstitutional to try and force a belief on their children that the schools should not be able to endorse per their 1st amendment rights. The court found however that Public Schools are not obliged to shield individual students from ideas which potentially are religiously offensive, particularly when the school imposes no requirement that the student agree with or affirm those ideas, or even participate in discussions about them."(WND,2008, The Law of The Land,5)
The cultural events surrounding this issue will continue to make this a hot topic for some time to come and both sides need fear when the law can be interpreted to favor and or endorse one belief or the other.
Law of the Land. (n.d.). Retrieved March 15, 2009, from World Net Daily web site:...