Sunday, April 24, 2005

This local news column - Suit Against Prayer Sparks Backlash - is worth reading in its entirety:

But the lawsuit brought by Mona and Marco Dobrich on behalf of their children, and a second unnamed family, said prayer at school board meetings, athletic events, banquets and graduation ceremonies has created "an environment of religious exclusion."

The lawsuit accuses the district of promoting Christianity in the classroom. It claims that students who participate in the Bible club at Selbyville Middle School receive preferential treatment...

The Rev. Lehman Tomlin, the pastor of Zoar United Methodist Church, conceded that if a Jewish family feels discriminated against when Christian prayers are offered at school, there's a problem. But "the answer is not me giving up the Christ to assuage someone else's feelings," he said.

"They pray in Congress, so why can't we pray in schools?" asked Virginia Smith, 69, of Gumboro.

The feelings of one family should not overrule 1,000, said Bruce Scott, 58, the owner of Scotty's clothing store in downtown Selbyville. "That's ridiculous."

'If they don't like it - go to another school,' one resident said of religious minorities


At 12:51 AM, Blogger Andrew Purvis said...

Smith's logic doesn't stand, even if we accept the legitimacy of prayer in Congress. Would she then entrust the decisions made in Congress to the children in these schools?

The fact remains that schools are designed for both learning and social indoctrination. This second part succeeds because the students lack, for the most part, the critical skills required to question authority intelligently.


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