Saturday, March 1, 2008

Prayer in the Public Schools

I don't think it's a stretch to believe that if Bob had his way, there would be Christian prayer in every public school at just about every imaginable time. There would be prayer at the start of every school day, before athletic events, and at graduation ceremonies.

I, on the other hand, am opposed to public schools being used as a platform to impose the religion of the majority on the minority. It's cases like this out of Delaware that remind me why:
Mrs. Dobrich, an Orthodox Jew, grew up in Sussex County. Though often the lone Jewish student in school, she said, she did not have problems with Christians or others. For years, while her daughter, Samantha, now 21, attended local schools, Mrs. Dobrich said, she listened to Christian prayers at school potluck dinners, award dinners and meetings of parent-teacher groups.

At Samantha’s high school graduation in 2004, a minister’s prayer proclaiming Jesus as the only way to the truth nudged Mrs. Dobrich to ask the school board to consider more generic and less exclusionary prayers, she said.

As news of the request spread, many local Christians saw it as an effort to limit the free exercise of religion, residents said. Anger spilled onto talk radio, in letters to the editor and at school board meetings attended by hundreds of people carrying signs praising Jesus.


Her son, Alex, then 11, had written a short statement that said in part: “I feel bad when kids in my class call me ‘Jew boy.’ I do not want to move away from the house I have lived in forever.”

After the family received threats, Mrs. Dobrich said, she and Alex moved to Wilmington.

This is a shining example of why public schools must be secular institutions, free of interference by religion. Here, the mother here didn't ask that prayer be removed from schools. She only wanted the "Jesus is the only way" rhetoric toned down and a less exclusionary approach implemented.

How did the so-called Christian townspeople react?

They drove her family out.

It's also an excellent illustration of not only why church/state separation is necessary, but also an example of antisemitism.

But Bob hasn't mentioned this story.

Bob will imply that Barack Obama is antisemitic because Louis Farrakhan endorsed him.

Why doesn't Bob speak out about the antisemitism of Christians in Delaware?

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