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Mario Cuomo on Education

Former Democratic Governor of New York


Public schools inculcate a disbelief in God

Despite the fact that religion is a major feature of American life, it is the subject of only 1% of news stories on the four major networks and the national print press, and those are typically hostile. Journalist Fred Barnes, for example, reports a dinner with then Gov. Cuomo and a dozen journalists during which Cuomo said he sent his children to Catholic schools because "The public schools inculcate a disbelief in God." Barnes wrote, "From the reaction of my colleagues, one might have though Cuomo had advocated mandating snake-handling as a test of faith for the state's students." They peppered the Governor with dozens of hostile questions. There is, Barnes says, a "peculiar bias in mainstream American journalism against traditional religions. Whenever religion comes in contact with politics, the news media reacts in three distinct ways, all negative. Reporters treat religion as beneath mention, as personally distasteful, or as a clear and present threat to the American way of life."
Source: Slouching Towards Gomorrah, by Robert Bork, p.291 , Dec 16, 2003

Smaller classes, more teachers & class time & resources

Source: Reason to Believe, by Mario Cuomo, p.107-8 , Jul 2, 1995

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