Religious Freedom as if Family Matters, 78 University of Detroit Mercy Law Review 1 (2000)
The subject of my lecture is parents, religion, and the schools. I will seek to sketch, and partly defend, a controversial proposition about the relationship among the three. My goal is less to persuade than to provoke. I want us all to think about the relationship in ways a little bit different from the mainstream.
Let me begin by telling you a story involving my own family.
My wife and I have two wonderful children. After my book, The Culture of Disbelief, was published in 1993, the publisher sent me on a book tour. One morning, I found myself in the studio of a radio station in New York City, as the guest on a talk show. The host and I were having a wonderful time batting around various ideas about the separation of church and state, the role of religion in politics, and other things, when, all at once, I was brought up short by a caller who said something like this: "Excuse me Professor Carter, did I hear you say that you and your wife send your children to a religious school?" I said, ''Yes.'' (I thought of answering no, we send them to an Episcopal school, but, as a good Episcopalian, I could hardly say that.) Upon hearing my answer, the caller asked: "Does that mean that you and your wife are trying to raise your children in your religion?" ''Yes,'' I said, "we are." She said, "I don't really think you should do that."
Date of Authorship for this Version
Carter, Stephen L., "Religious Freedom as if Family Matters" (2000). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 2268.