I don't think I'm "philosophying" as much as stating facts - except, of course, for the Edenic myth musing.
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Nursing Mother
But there was a time in America (most likely during the victorian years 1830-80's or so) where most where Christian or claimed to be Christian thus allowing unity of teaching, politics, etc in the schools without all the fuss people make of it today...
I think the historical record suggests that this assertion is, at best, incomplete, if not untrue.
Again, to quote myself, and to take up Mr. Briss' point, what about those non-white, non-Christian folks? What about the Native American children who were taken from their parents and taught their language, their culture, their religion was primitive? To take your example, Harvard -- sure, they said their prayers and then got up from their knees and continued to exclude women and ethnic and religious minorities.
Like HB said, "the mythical good ole days."
For white Christians they were real but for the rest of us - and we were here too - they weren't so "good."
And "accomodation" isn't enough.