Richard Estey: Keep churches, public schools separate
To the Editor:
I was reading about the attempt to put church into our publicly funded school system by having a Bible study class in the high school. What a great idea.
It should go like this: First period could be Bible study. Second period, Islamic studies divided up into Shiite and Sunni. And a discussion on the Quran and Allah. Third period would be teachings of Buddhism. Then fourth period, Tao.
Fifth period, Hindu studies. And, of course, sixth period could include Atheists.
Then all the regular professors and instructors who teach things like science, biology, chemistry, math and language skills would get on buses with all the students who are not attending a religious class and go to all the churches around town and hold regular classes.
I'm sure the churches wouldn't mind donating space to the publicly funded school system.
On second thought, maybe that's not such a good idea.
Maybe we should keep publicly funded schools separate from churches and have a meeting with the churches who teach the Bible and see if they can have more classes on weekends and evenings at the church.
Bible study is a wonderful thing, but study it at home or at the church of your choice.
Do not ask the publicly funded school system to pick up the slack.