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Letter: Schools should strive to separate church and state

Schools should look to nonreligious alternatives

12:33 PM, Nov. 4, 2013  |  Comments
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EDITOR: We are fortunate that this great country has been given to us. The process took work and sacrifice. We are aware we must continue to strive to reach the goals of our democracy.

One of these goals, wisely, is the separation of church and state. We see an extreme example in the Middle East of how religion contributes to problems in government. While teaching in Wausau's public schools, I saw the discomfort my Jewish, Muslim and Jehovah's Witness students experienced during the Christmas concert season. Christmas music is beautiful, but would it be possible instead for spring concerts to be held by the public schools? Perhaps local churches could get together and have a big Christmas concert instead.

I know there are many religious clergy and congregents who believe in the separation of church and state. The repertoire in choral music other than Christmas is rich. I hope spring concerts will be seriously considered and those who believe in the separation of church and state will be active, working toward that goal, keeping our democracy strong and fair.

Janet Cohodas,

Wausau

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