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Keep separation between church, state

7:17 PM, Jun. 17, 2013  |  Comments
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One thing seems to be missing from the school voucher debate: the important question of teaching a religious doctine in a tax-supported school.

As a Catholic, I generally subscribe to the doctrines that the nuns taught me in grade school and the White Fathers taught me in high school and college. My parents expected no public tax monies for their choice. They had to really sacrifice to send me to these schools. I know I received a good education as far as the 3 R's go. But part of that education was an indoctrination in the tenets of Catholicism.

Should the taxpayers - many of whom espouse no religion at all - be forced to contribute their public taxes to the teaching of a particular religious doctrine in a private school?

Remember Christianity is not the only religion that would get these tax monies to support their doctines. Will the taxpayer also pay to support the doctines taught in Muslim schools (which may teach the dreaded Sharia Law), Mormon schools, Branch Davidian schools, etc.? Who will decide which group can qualify as a "school"?

Separation between church (religions) and state is a well-established American principle. We would do well to keep it that way.

Clete Delvaux

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