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April 7, 2013

Your View: Schools shouldn’t endorse any religion

Christianity is not for everyone. I was Catholic for many years and now am an atheist. I don’t support the idea of our government, a democracy, supporting or endorsing any religion because the U.S. is not a theocracy. The vast majority of Christians I’ve met don’t actually care about having their religion thrown in people’s faces or displayed prominently on every street corner like Kermit Swanson’s letter (March 30) implied.

As far as the school that doesn’t use the word “Easter” goes, imagine how all the non-Christian kids would feel if they went to a public school that endorsed Christianity. We don’t only educate Christian kids and exclude others. Despite popular belief, Christians don’t have a monopoly on all the good in the world. There are many reasons to do good in the world without citing God or Jesus.

And I’m not out to openly attack Christians. Other non-Christians and I simply wish to even the scales and make sure that everyone in this country is represented fairly and that we’re all allowed the right to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

E pluribus unum.

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