Dangerous Christian extremist: Mississippi congressional candidate Katherine “Bitzi” Tate wants mandatory prayer in public schools.
Tate, a former school teacher, is a dangerous Christian extremist who loves Trump, supported pedophile Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate, opposes racial integration, and wants creationism and mandatory prayer in public schools.
The Washington Post reports:
Katherine “Bitzi” Tate, a former high school teacher vying for the Republican nomination in Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District, is running on a platform of radically shrinking the government’s role in public schools. She believes the federal government and the courts have overstepped their bounds in the classroom, with moves such as banning prayer in public schools and mandating racial integration.
A Christian, she wants to allow states to reintroduce prayer and Bible instruction to public schools. As a teacher, when she gave lessons on evolution, she encouraged her students to write “theory” in the margins of their textbooks, and she would teach them creationism from the Bible.
“I’m a public-school educator, and I think we can do better in public schools by getting government out,” Tate said.
Tate’s desire to get the “government out” of public schools is no doubt a reference to two landmark decisions, Engel v. Vitale (1962) and Abington School District v. Schempp (1963), wherein the U.S. Supreme Court established what is now the current prohibition on state-sponsored prayer in public schools. And while the law does prohibit public schools from conducting mandatory religious observances such as prayer, it does not prevent individual students from praying while at school.
As for Tate’s desire to teach creationism in the public school science classroom: put simply, teaching children that the earth is only 6,000-years-old, that human beings and dinosaurs lived on the earth at the same time, and that the story of Noah’s Ark is true, constitutes intellectual child abuse, and should never be done in a science classroom.
Bottom line: In a thinly veiled attempt to use the public school system to indoctrinate students and promote conservative Christianity, Mississippi congressional candidate Katherine “Bitzi” Tate wants creationism taught in science classes and mandatory prayer in public schools.