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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 49

The State Cannot Teach Religion

The State Cannot Teach Religion.

Catholics and Secularists agree that a State without religion cannot teach religion. Therefore, say the latter, let there be no religious teaching. Therefore, say the former, let there be religious teaching in the schools by those who can impart it in harmony with the parents' belief. These say, furthermore, that, when Massachusetts had religion, she was careful that religion, and morality through religion, should be taught in our schools. It is claimed, that Massachusetts gained her most distinguished honors from men educated under religious influences in school, at home, and in church; but that now she is consuming her capital, without putting any of it at interest. The shadow of religious teachings still lingers around her schoolhouses. Shall it be that her future men of note are to be no more than shadows of those that went before them?