Americans UNITED for SEPARATION of Church and State. What a great
organization!! Isn't that a contradiction of terms? Nowhere does the
Constitution use those "separation of church and state" words. Why not
work with people and allow them to give their children the benefits of both
church and state? These children can learn a different language, study their
own culture, and relieve the school of some financial responsibility as the
Mormons have done. As long as the released time takes place on private property
and the children get all of their credits in the proper places, why should we be
working so hard on "UNITING FOR SEPARATION"?
When I was in high school in Cincinnati back in the 1960's, a large number
of my classmates were Jewish and I remember hearing them talk about attending
"Hebrew School" after hours.Shortly after I became a Mormon
in the 1980's, I was telling an atheist friend about the Mormon seminary
system, which in Utah involved release time. He thought the Mormons were
somehow getting special treatment. I told him that if he wanted to have release
time so his kids could study atheism, that was perfectly fine with me. He was
surprised, "You mean you'd allow that?" Why not? Fair is fair.I also knew other non-Mormons in Utah who felt like the seminary system
further exacerbated the division between Mormons and non-Mormons. I'm not
sure what to say to that except that having been on both sides of the fence I
certainly understood both sides and could only encourage people to get to try to
understand each other better.
raybies; Well said!
All religions with the means and interest in their communities should do
something like this. I think it would be a great blessing to our nation's
youth to have more religious and cultural education, so that they aren't
disenfranchised and to enable kids a chance to get a spiritual boost during
their academic pursuits. It might also provide balance in the strange battle
that needn't be a battle between the "atheistic science" mentality
and the "religion only" crowds so that kids can learn valuable science
skills and disciplines without feeling their values are never being heard.