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Religion in schools full of rumors

Published 12:06am Sunday, February 24, 2013

I am writing in response to the Feb. 20 editorial, “Stance should be taken on school prayer.”

The editorial states that, “Based on a series of questionable court decisions, the official federal stance is that religion has no place in our schools.”

That statement is false.

According to U.S. Department of Education guidelines, prayer is legal in all public schools. Students can bring religious literature to school, have religious clubs, can engage in a variety of religious activities.

There are some restrictions. Schools can not infuse, endorse or give official sanction or approval to religion because public schools are government institutions and, like all government agencies, are constrained by separation of church and state. A violation would be particularly egregious in the schools because students are a captive audience.

Religion is solely a personal and private matter, the province of the individual, the family, the home, the church, the religious denomination schools, the private school if elected and not publicly funded.

That should satisfy everyone expect those who are determined to impose religion on others.

If everyone would refer to the official guidelines on religion in the schools it would avoid unsubstantiated rumors, misunderstandings and false statements.


George M. Marshall

Natchez resident

  • Anonymous

    As long as there is algebra there will be prayer in school. There was another George Marshall plan.

  • khakirat

    Thats what wrong today is that God was kicked out of the public schools that has lead to all the problems of mans way which isn’t the christan and moral way that is in the Holy Bible!!

  • George Marshall

    khakirat see my letter “Religion in schools full of rumors.” I should have added that school personnel as well as students can participate in a variety of religious activities if it is in their free time.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, Mr. Marshall, for your voice of reason. This bill is a dishonest and sneaky attempt to religiously indoctrinate our children in school. It even goes so far as to make it impossible to fail a student for answering a science question (such as how old the earth is) with a Biblical answer. This is why Mississippi is the laughing stock of the country.

  • Anonymous

    It is a very good letter. Short, factual and to the point. I think khaki and some others have read stories where an occasional school teacher or official has overstepped their bounds regarding restricting individual expression of religion at public schools (religious t-shirts, personal prayer at lunch, etc.) and they erroneously think this is somehow national policy when it is not. It is pretty easy to see how these rumors you speak of can spread from a couple of isolated incidents. That, of course, does not make them any more true.

    What is sad is when our political leadership uses these rumors to promote a religious agenda.

  • khakirat

    Your way of thinking is the problem of students and crimes and as the gun control something has got to be done ASAP in this nation for we are repeating the roman empire of old history!! I believe in the Trinity of my God and thank him every day numerous times for my parents and relatives brought me up in the church and I thank them!

  • Anonymous

    Funny, considering one major theory for the fall of Rome involves their conversion to Christianity. I’m not sure I buy that in and of itself as the fall of Rome followed considerable economic changes, most notable the devaluation of their currency which drove high inflation (sound familiar?). In attempts to combat this, taxes were increased and became punitive measures as well as a means to generate revenue (sound familiar?). This had negative effects on commerce and innovation (sound familiar?)

    There are actually a number of theories, all of which probably containing truth.

    Regardless, Rome did not fall because people weren’t “Jesusy” enough.