MARILYN HERBRUCK: No one can ban God from nation's schools
During this past week following the tragedy in Connecticut, I have heard and read many comments about the reason for events such as that one being the result of "God's 'eviction' from public schools in America."
No one is able or has banned God from public schools. If this were possible, God would not be God; for surely those who say this, also believe God to be omniscient and omnipotent. Therefore, no decision by government could prevent his presence.
We live in an imperfect world filled with illness, poverty, immorality -- all of the conditions of mankind. God was very much present in Sandy Hook Elementary School. We saw him in the selfless acts of teachers who gave their very lives -- "Greater love has no man ..." We saw it in volunteers who braved the unknown to reach those who needed them. We saw it in the innocence of children who trusted, believed and obeyed their teachers. Thanks to Almighty God for being with them and loving them in that hour.
No one is prevented from praying or believing as they have been taught at their many particular churches, synagogues and mosques, in any public school in America.
The teachers in a public school are not permitted to teach or attempt to indoctrinate students in a specific dogma. Would you want your child's teacher to endorse a Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, or any doctrine or form of worship rather than the particular doctrine which you and your family embrace? Religion is the province of the home, family, and religious institution -- not the public school.
On that most sorrowful night in Newtown, Conn., in the auditorium of the public high school, the clergy of Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslin, Buddhist, and Baha'i' faiths gathered to pray, some in their own tongue, for the comfort of all in that community. Perhaps this can serve as an example and encouragement for us all to be so loving.