Earlier this week, Biden virtually visited the Million Muslim Vote Summit , the Friendly Atheist reports. He gave a speech in which he suggested that actually learning about Islam in schools might be good, for educational purposes:
“Look, one of the things I think is important… I wish we taught more in our schools about the Islamic faith. I wish we talked about all the great confessional faiths. It’s one of the great confessional faiths. And what people don’t realize is — one of my avocations is theology — don’t realize is that we all come from the same root here in terms of our fundamental, basic beliefs.”
Makes sense to me.
But it didn’t make sense to some conservatives who seem to have built their personalities around hating another religion that is in many ways extremely similar to Christianity:
Joe Biden doesn’t want prayer in public schools BUT he just openly stated that he wants Islam to be taught in our schools.— DeAnna Lorraine 🇺🇸 (@DeAnna4Congress) July 21, 2020
So, the issue is not with religion being in our schools.
The issue is with the Christian faith.
Are you seeing it now?
Biden praising Islam as “one of the great confessional faiths” while Christianity is under siege shows you EXACTLY what the Democrats have become.— James P. Bradley (@BradleyCongress) July 21, 2020
Marxists have taken hold and victory for them in November means the end of everything and we MUST vote our will!!#VoteBradleyCA33
Uhhhhhhhh Biden thinks we should teach Islam in schools....— CheraeK (@RedDoesntRelent) July 21, 2020
Okay, that’s about all I can take and those are the marginally less offensive tweets out there on the topic at the moment.
I think the crux of the issue (after racism and xenophobia) is that some conservatives, especially conservative Christians, equate teaching about a religion in schools with enforced indoctrination. You can actually learn about religions from an educational point of view without anyone being forced to worship. Maybe that’s how they do it in Sunday school, but we’re not legally supposed to do that in public school.