Sightings Articles

Catholicism | education

Catholic Schools Tomorrow

“The then-U.S. Office of Education wrote in a 1903 report that the system of Catholic free parochial schools was the most impressive religious fact in the country at that time.” I sighted this quote in a review of Parish School: A History of American...

February 11, 2019

education | Islam | Islamic Studies | Muslim ban | Muslims

Of Islam and the Public Square: The Role of the Classroom

An opinion poll showing 31% of Americans feel safer because of the travel ban placed on seven Muslim-majority countries (since reduced to six)—with another 41% expressing no particular opinion—is reflective of the obscure, if not fearsome, image of I...

March 16, 2017

Church and State | education | parochial schools | Supreme Court | US Constitution

Children on Christian or Secular Swings?

Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley is a grabbing lawsuit name for those of us who do “sightings” of religion in American public life. It features in a story in The Kansas City Star (see “Resources” below). The suit has to do with whether c...

October 24, 2016

ISIS | Islam | San Bernardino attack | religious extremism | education | civil society | democracy

Missing From Conversations About San Bernardino Attack—The Main Point: Education!

Amid the shrieks and din of presidential candidates like Donald Trump calling for a moratorium on the immigration of Muslim to our shores, ISIS’ ranting about apocalyptic warfare between Islam and non-Muslims in the West, and President Obama assuring...

December 10, 2015