I would like to respond to the letter of Jan. 23 by Lydia Whipple. I understand her concern, but I just have a couple of questions.
First of all, I consider myself a Christian, and I have no problem with reciting the Pledge of Allegiance (although that the phrase "under God" was not added until 1954 and I would ask that we recite the original Pledge of Allegiance).
My question is: Would you be just as adamant if the principal of this school had been a Muslim? Would you stand up and shout if he wanted all of the children to bow to Mecca eight times a day? What about if he were a Buhddist?
What is really meant is your freedom of religion has to be my freedom from religion. I'm not saying we shouldn't have a moment of silence to start our school day, nor do I wish to infringe upon your rights. I just want to know, which God/god we are going to use? And if the School Board changes, does its new members have the right to change it?
I personally have no problems with you, your religious beliefs, symbols, holidays, prayers or anything else. I have no problems with anyone's religion. I just feel it is unfair for one group or another to unduly influence children in a school setting regardless of their religion.
Religious teaching and prayer are best kept in the home, churches, synagogue, temples, etc.