Southern Baptists voted down a proposal to urge parents to pull kids out of public schools in favor of Christian schools or home-schooling.
Earlier this year, a statement denouncing “government schools” as “officially Godless” had been proposed by retired Air Force General T.C. Pinckney of Alexdandria, Va., and attorney Bruce Shortt of Spring, Texas.
The meeting’s resolutions committee rejected that in favor of a broader and less pointed warning against “the cultural drift in our nation toward secularism.”
Pinckney took the floor to move a briefer amendment encouraging parents to provide their children “a thoroughly Christian education” through private day schools or home schooling. That was defeated that by a show of hands after the most spirited debate of the meeting.
Public schools are officially godless, according to the ACLU.