Some dis­cus­sions need to stay out of schools

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

So, I am al­most but not quite tired of read­ing that prayer and Bi­ble read­ing are not al­lowed in pub­lic schools. Any­one can pray and read the Bi­ble in pub­lic schools. The con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment separat­ing church and state was in­ter­preted to mean that peo­ple can’t be forced to pray or read the Bi­ble in pub­lic schools.

When I was grow­ing up, my class would stand up and pray out loud every morn­ing. While I was Ok with that be­cause I am a Chris­tian, I un­der­stood my Jewish friends weren’t, so I had no prob­lem with end­ing the prac­tice. I also had no prob­lem with high school stu­dents not be­ing forced to read and write about the Bi­ble in class.

Be­ing forced to do some­thing against one’s re­li­gion should not be a prac­tice in pub­lic schools.

Sim­i­larly, I don’t un­der­stand all the hoopla about trans­gen­der peo­ple us­ing the bath­room that they want to use. I don’t know if the per­son in the stall next to me is a man or a woman, and can only guess based on their out­ward ap­pear­ance when they are not in the stall. For all I know, many trans­gen­der peo­ple have been us­ing the same bath­room I use. So far, none of them have asked me to change my gen­der. As long as I don’t have to have that con­ver­sa­tion, I don’t care who uses the bath­room, as long as they wash their hands af­ter. Wil­liam Wet­more, Wal­dorf

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