It's good to know that from time to time religious freedom gets a thumbs up
from the courts. That doesn't always happen. In the perfect world,
students would also get school credit for the worthwhile courses that they
engaged in. However, as stated here in the article, receiving credit also
brings about an onslaught of regulations and stifling rules.No doubt
such religious allowances may soon face extinction. The push for universal
acceptance has resulted in less tolerance for people of religious conviction.
Society is determined to erase everything that remotely connects with religious
belief: morality; standards; virtue; charity; to name a few. And then, we have
the nerve to wonder why violent crimes are on the rise and ethics are
disappearing from the business world and society in general.
We are now a world wide church. The rest of world does well with early morning
seminary, and volunteer teachers. Look at the savings involved if we go early
morning in America as in the rest of the world. The Book of mormon speaks
plainly against a paid clergy, as used in released time Seminary.
@bjdocIt sounds like a good enough solution, and you are right that it
would work in many areas of the church, but you have to think through all the
logistics for places like UT. When 60-80% of the student body are LDS, then you
can no longer accommodate them in 2 classes per hour, over 8 periods per day.
You would either need to build a building that could accommodate all 16 classes
of students at the same early morning hour, use a local church that is not to
far from the school, or else do several sets of classes like 4:30am, 5:30am,
6:30am, 7:30am, and some after school classes 3:30pm, 4:30pm, and 5:30pm. There
are probably other solutions, but they would take some serious restructuring and
thought. As for the paid clergy, I go back to 2 Nephi 26:29-31 and
the 5 scriptures that say "the laborer is worthy of his hire (reward)."
We could pay our full-time teachers in food, clothes, and manual labor on their
houses but money is just easier. Search "families" in the D&C, like