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Teaching faith

Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 1:56 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, March 25, 2013 1:57 p.m. CST

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I enjoyed reading Ted Roberts recent letter, and I agree with many of the things he said. However, I have some thoughts regarding God and our schools. I agree with his statement that there is one God but many religions. That explains why public schools try to avoid matters of religion. Once you start addressing religion in the school, what religion do you stop at? Any religion you don’t include will almost certainly sue. The atheists will sue as soon as you start teaching any religion. As a simply practical matter, let the schools do what they do best, and let students learn about their religion in their homes and their respective houses of worship.

While the Bible is not taught in schools, I disagree with the claim that God is not “allowed” in our schools. Every student, teacher and administrator can bring God to school with them every day. Heck, your student might be the only Jesus that some people see. Prayer being a private conversation with God, they can all pray in school also. God wants us to keep in touch with Him. No one can ever take that right away from you. No, you cannot hold a worship service or make a spectacle of your prayer, but again, that’s what homes and churches are for. Actually, God cannot be kept out of anywhere that people want to bring Him. If He is not present everywhere we go, who forgot to bring Him?

I have often been surprised when people who otherwise hold conservative views on many issues want the government, in the form of our public schools, to teach matters of faith. Conservatism teaches less government involvement and more personal responsibility. If our children are not memorizing Bible verses, the blame does not lie with our schools. We need to look at ourselves. Are the Ten Commandments displayed at your house? I believe that God particularly calls us as Christian men and fathers to stand up and be held accountable as the spiritual leaders in our homes. I encourage every Christian man to look at and sign the resolution from the movie “Courageous.”

Who will teach my children and grandchildren the Word of God? I will.

Thomas Newby

Princeton

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