There’s no need for Religion in schools

Marcel Scott, Staff member

A Christian group came to Diablo Valley College on Feb. 10 to spread their beliefs to students on campus. They held signs that read “Sin Brings God’s Wrath” and “Repent and Believe In Jesus.”

The group was also seen handing out bibles to children on Viking Drive outside of Valley View Middle School and College Park High School.

Nothing this group did was illegal, but this incident does seem strange enough to ask a few questions.

Should religious material be distributed to kids? Isn’t this a waste of a Bible, especially if the kids were throwing them at each other? If anything this group created a safety hazard.

The group on the DVC campus did not seem to convince students. They instead seemed to anger them. There were verbal fights between students and the members of this Christian group. Was the point of them coming to campus really to be controversial?

Broadcast communications major Cesar Barajas, 23, said,  “They have the right to be here, but it’s kind of crossing the line when you pass out bibles to children.”

The group couldn’t be reached for comment, but it’s assumed they were here to spread the religion that they love; which is awesome. They should be allowed to do that, but handing out Bibles to children might be crossing the line. It seems as though they’re trying to brainwash a generation of children into following the rules of an outdated book, rather than teaching them how to think for themselves.

Would this be a bigger deal if a Muslim, Jewish, or any other non-Christian group was handing out their holy scripture to children?

DVC student Parker Ewing, 20, said, “It’s a school campus and it should be free of this sort of thing, but I think it goes both ways for any outlook. I don’t think an atheist group should be on campus and I don’t think a religious group should be on campus.”

Perhaps it’s best not to make a scene by holding possibly controversial signs in front of students and passing out bibles. This shouldn’t be happening in a public place, especially at government funded schools, where there’s supposed to be a separation of church and state.

“I could see their point but it’s not the best place to talk about religion. Students shouldn’t be harassed on campus,” English major Fiona Davis, 15, said.

There are better places to spread religion and it’s best kept out of public institutions.