Hebrew charter school founder looks to 'Mormon model'

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  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    Sept. 11, 2012 2:29 p.m.

    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"?

  • Ben Jones Bowie, MD
    Sept. 11, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    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.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Sept. 11, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    raybies; Well said!

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Sept. 11, 2012 6:12 a.m.

    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.