According to this article on religious literacy in USA Today, “50% of high school seniors think Sodom and Gomorrah were married.”
I think this is funny. I don’t think it’s a particularly good thing — I’d be happy to have our teenagers have a basic literacy in the Bible, along with the religious texts of other major religions — but I do think it’s funny. Now we need to find out how many, thanks to The DaVinci Code, think Jesus was a married dude.
Incidentally, there’s a simple solution to the problem of teaching the history and literature of religions in public schools without “accidentally” tipping over into, you know, proselytizing: Have atheists teach the classes. Yes, that will go over swell, I know. I’m just saying.
(The betting pool is on, incidentally, on how long it will take for someone to snark in the comment thread that this would be like having creationists teach biology. I’m betting on the fifth comment. Fortunately, I suspect the sixth or seventh comment would point out the flaw in that particular formulation. That’s right! I’m leaving it to you folks to do all the heavy lifting! Have fun.)