Government barred from favoritism among religions

February 4, 2014 

Mr. Mike McLeod's Jan. 29 letter response to Ms. Laurie Crawford's letter -- under the headline "Why is the U.S. overcome with rage?" -- was not an answer.

The Constitution of the United States of America (and amendments) separates the church (religion) and state. Public schools are for all the children of all our citizens, and are extensions of our government, and we are a nation of many religions.

It is not acceptable to teach a preferred religion in those classrooms. If you wish your child to have a religious education, you are afforded the freedom and opportunity to fund your own parochial school.

However, as a citizen, you cannot pick and chose those public institutions that you are obligated to support with taxes, and that includes taxes that pay for those public schools you may choose not to use. Even those with no children pay for the public schools.

Public schools permit many Christian youth organizations to meet outside regular class time, during club time, or extra-curricular time, for Bible study or prayer. There may be non-Christian religious groups, too, and there are non-religious clubs as well that enjoy similar privileges. All of these extra-curricular organizations are voluntary -- students participate by choice.

As to the rest of your statements: border unprotected, more crime in high gun control law states, one woman at Dunkin Donuts saying crime was down to 5 percent -- all questionable.

Lastly, your statements about the actions of President Obama are hollow. President Obama has acted within the authorized duties and powers of the executive office and with remarkable restraint given the lack cooperation and obstacles put in his way from the Republican members of Congress.

I did check the website suggested to its source: NCFIRE, and it was full of rage against illegal immigrants. Rage begets rage.

Sandra J. Gander

Bradenton

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