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Religion and school

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Why did students from Lakes Community High School visit Blue Lotus Temple on April 23?

Am I the only person who sees a problem here?

Although meditation is, at worse, useless and, at most, beneficial, and therefore not likely to cause harm, I wonder why students from a public school would be there. Just because it doesn’t hurt anybody or even that it’s good for you does not mean it is appropriate in every situation. It would be all right if students happened to be from the same high school and were there voluntarily, but taking a trip and engaging in a religious practice strikes me as a little odd.

Schools are public. Therefore, they can’t promote religion. Their purpose is secular.

Considering that schools can’t even have quiet time for meditation/prayer, it seems hypocritical to have a class field trip to a temple.

Are they going to go to St. John’s Lutheran Church next? I don’t think so.

The Supreme Court rules on this in Abington School District v. Schempp, Engel v. Vitale, Wallace v. Jaffree, Lee v. Weisman, Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, and Lemon v. Kurtzman.

Although you might think I’m being a Debbie Downer, Supreme Court rulings are the supreme law of the U.S. whether you think those decisions are cool or not.

Joseph Monack


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