Oklahoma education secretary says schools should teach kids ‘Christian values’ and belief in God

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Oklahoma Education Secretary Ryan Walters said Thursday that schools in the state should teach students to lead Christian lives.

School children “should know that America is the greatest country in the history of the world because of the principles upon which this country was built, because we believe that individual rights were given to you by God, and because we believe that morality and Christian values ​​are the way to live your life,” Walters said, in a video panning “leftist indoctrination.”

Walters, an appointed member of Governor Kevin Stitt’s cabinet, is currently a Republican primary candidate for the state Superintendent of Public Instruction, the state’s highest elected office for education.

Walters praises Bill of 1775a bill passed by the state legislature and signed into law last year to restrict how schools can discuss topics such as systemic racism, widely sold as a ban on so-called “critical theory of race” although it does not mention critical race theory, which is an advanced-level academic framework taught primarily in graduate and law schools.

“In the state of Oklahoma, there will be no state-sponsored racism,” said Walters, a history professor.

“I am so happy that we will keep leftist indoctrination out of our schools,” he said.

The promotion of one faith or religious tradition as preferable to others in public schools is a potential violation of the American Constitution Establishment clause.

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