Virginia parents are outraged over a new policy that demands homeschooled children justify their religious beliefs to a school board within 30 days of their 14th birthday.Wow. Sounds rather fascist to me - " justify their religious beliefs" to a government board that is intentionally and expressly secular and non-religious? Definitely a violation of 1st amendment rights. Someone needs a history lesson of the fight for religious liberty in Virginia. I doubt anyone on the school board even has a clue.
Many Baptist preachers in colonial Virginia who were unable to "justify their religious beliefs" to the government were subsequently jailed, as noted by this Virginia Historical Highway Marker:
Perhaps this school board, which believes they have the authority to compel a Virginia citizien to "justify their religious beliefs", should also familiarize itself with Virginia's Declaration of Rights which states:
Section 16. That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practise Christian forbearance, love, and charity toward each other.Any duty is owed the creator, not to a bunch of ignorant statists on a school board.