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District is mistaken on Gideons issue

RUTH S. HERTZBERGcopper mountain

I was both amused and impressed by the recent accounts of members of the Gideons International handing out New Testament Bibles to students outside the middle school and high school. I was amused because the students who were handed the Bibles would certainly not be likely to read them in their leisure time. I was impressed by the numerous parent complaints about this silly attempt to impose a religion (Christianity) on innocent students. I certainly agree with Heidi Dickstein and Janet Sutterley that the school board’s approval of the Gideons’ action is highly questionable. If I had a child in the Summit school system who came home with a Bible, I would have protested too.We in the U.S. still enjoy a tenet called “separation of church and state.” In this situation, the school system is “the state” and it seems as if it is endorsing new testament Christianity, albeit after school hours. Everybody is not Christian, nor should they be. If religion is taught, it should be taught in Sunday School or Religious Education. I believe the school system erred in allowing the Gideons to distribute Bibles.

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