Okay, so this story is what begged my entry into this discussion. A school district in Virginia sent out letters to Christian parents of children being homeschooled, requiring that their children (14 and older) submit to questioning to determine, by the school, if their kids really were Christian. Here is part of the letter:
Each application must be completed along with a statement of your bona fide religious beliefs and a statement from your child age 14 or older stating his/her bona fide religious beliefs
What right does a school board have to determine if a person is a “true believer” or not? What guidlines will they follow?
In addition to the written statement, the school board has the right to privately interrogate any child 14 or older to determine if their beliefs are truly theirs, and are strongly held. Again, using what guidlines? Who will determine if the beliefs of a 14 year old are strong enough to prove they are Christian?
Thankfully, the school board withdrew the letter, but only under threat of legal action. From what I have seen in the past, the issue is not dead, the school board will simply regroup and find a different way to make their determination as to what a “true believer” is, and how to prove that a child does not meet their qualifications.