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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Blaine letter: Belief in God

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  • The American Family Association is urging people to encourage their state legislators to pass a Student Religious Liberty Act.  I agree completely.  A bill which protects students, teachers, coaches, and staff who exercise their constitutionally protected religious liberty while on school property.  It also disentangles school administrators from the task of policing the so-called “separation of church and state” that has been thrust upon them.  Too often the complaint of one person determines the attitude of an entire school district.   There are several misconceptions about:  Can a student pray in school?  Can students have a Bible club on school property just like the Chess club or Art club or Young Democrats Club?  Are teachers allowed to share their beliefs with a student?  If so, when?  in the classroom?  One on One?  Anywhere on school property? Can administrators tell students they are not allowed to wear shirts, jewelry, and other items that are  religious symbols, i.e. a cross, a scripture verse, a picture?  We have too long allowed the idea of “separation of church and state” be shoved down our throats.  I remind you, the term “separation of church and state” does not appear in the Constitution, nor does “freedom FROM religion.”  This country was founded on the tenants of the Bible. The founding fathers, even though common, imperfect men, recognized the value and importance of a sincere belief in God and Divine Guidance. We can do no better.
    Myron Blaine
    Hannibal, Mo.

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