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At present, there is a legal case going on in which the government of the rnited States is being sued by Whe )UeeGoP )UoP ReOLJLon )oundation because the word “God” on currency infringes on those people who do not believe in God.
In a rnited States Supreme Court ruling in Abington School aistrict v. Schempp, the ruling was stated that education is not complete without a study of comparative religion or the history of religion and its relationship to the advancement of civilization. Based on this ruling, comparative religion courses may be taught in public schools.
A parent or grandparent should be careful when talking about religion to a young person. In this country, the young are busy seeking employment, choosing a college and pursuing romance.
,W LV beVW Wo exSODLn how SDUticipating in activities at church or synagogue bring on many new friendships and rewarding feelings of having helped less fortunate individuals. The clergy will lead the direction where God and observDnFe oI UeOLJLon heOS PDny finG happiness.
Health & Science Dr. Milton Friedman