To The Editor:
In your editorial “Atheist Group Triumphs” you write that Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) is an “anti-Christian” group. This is incorrect.
FFRF is an organization which works to educate about our right of conscience and our right to separation of state and religion. Religion is a private matter granted to us by the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment. All students, parents, teachers, and administrators have the right to not practice religious ritual or practice religion in their private lives as they choose.
Separation of government and religion is another right given to us by the First Amendment in the Establishment Clause (Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion). Fourteenth Amendment and court cases apply the Establishment Clause to the states’ responsibilities. Schools which receive taxpayers’ dollars are public institutions which must abide by the Establishment Clause!
This provides us all with public schools that do not impose any religion onto our children. Students have freedom of conscience to not believe in a religion or to believe what they want. The editorial ends with, “Is it any wonder why some parents are sending their children to private schools or are home-schooling their children?” implying that the editors agree with the unconstitutional imposition of Christianity onto all students.
How would you like it if another religion, like Islam or Judaism, were being imposed on all students? Benjamin Franklin said, “When a Religion is good, I conceive that it will support itself; and, when it cannot support itself, and God does not take care to support, so that its professors are oblig’d to call for the help of the Civil Power, it is a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.”