Theological Insights from a Modern Perspective

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.

Read the story.


Comments on: "Home Schooling in Goochland, Virginia" (3)

  1. It’s probably a setup for future Christian persecution.


  2. What does home schooling have to do with Christianity? I know it’s popular amongst Christians, but secular people home school too. What’s the connection with regard to the school boards interest? I don’t understand.


    • There should be no connection, which is my point. What does it matter?

      In my opinion, it’s a money issue. I know that in some places the school loses money for each child not schooled in the public system. My eldest son is special needs, and had to go to a special school, the school district fought us tooth and nail, trying to keep him in their system.

      According to the article, one of the reasons to opt out of the public system there is on religious objection. I am guessing they wanted to confuse the child enough so as to prove that he didn’t have a problem going to the public school, then they could withdraw the parents permission to home school, get him back into the public system, and get their money back. Just my opinion.


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