By Sarah Jones
In Modesto, Calif., public school students are learning about religion in class – but it’s probably not what you think. The geography and world religion course, which is required for all high school students, is described as an objective overview of the world’s belief systems, and according to a recent article in the Modesto Bee, it succeeds in doing just that.
Sherry McIntyre, the course instructor, told the Bee, “This is a very special class. We’re very careful in teaching it. We’ve never had a complaint or a lawsuit.” McIntyre emphasized that the curriculum is a comprehensive look at the world’s religions, and includes non-theism in instruction.
“We’re not talking about agreement. We’re talking about honoring the right,” she said. “We are not a cookie-cutter-looking room in here; neither is the state, neither is the world.”
She also teaches the First Amendment and includes information about the life of Roger Williams, one of the colonial era’s greatest advocates for religious liberty.