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Published 9:00am Tuesday, December 4, 2012

To the Editor:

I am the Christian mother of a sixth grade student who attendsAhoskieElementary School. On November 26, my son came home and informed me that his Social Studies teacher assigned a report on Zeus, a god of the Greek religion.

In the Engel v. Vitale case (1962), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-1 againstNew York’s “Regents’ Prayer” – a non-denominational prayer which state education officials had composed for public school children to recite. The government-sponsored religious devotion was challenged in court by a group of parents from New Hyde Park (some atheists, some believers). Murray O’Hair was not involved in the case at all. However, one year later, a case originated by aPhiladelphiaarea man named Ed Schempp challenged mandatory Bible reading inPennsylvaniaschools which reached the Supreme Court. At the same time, O’Hair was challenging a similar practice as well, recitation of the Lord’s Prayer inMarylandpublic schools.

The Supreme Court consolidated the cases and in 1963 ruled 8-1 that devotional Bible reading or other government-sponsored religious activities in public schools are unconstitutional.

In theUnited States, school prayer is proscribed in accordance with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which provides the foundation for the separation of church and state.

Zeus is indeed a Greek religion. He has followers who worship him, therefore making him just as unconstitutional as Yahweh, the God of Christianity.

This is my formal request to ban Zeus from public schools on the same grounds that Yahweh was banned and I will take this as far as needed.

Shwanda Mabine

  • hertford3

    I dont know Mom if you know that this Greek Mythology was around before this land had a name. Home school, that is an option. I am sure you are upset, why I dont know but did he do the report that’s what I want to know and if he didnt I bet you raised hell when he got his grade. And what did you do when he first heard about Santa. Did you visit every mall in the US and boycott. Honey please get a life

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  • Shwanda Mabine

    This comment is directed to TheOnlyOne: No I’m not going to remove my child but I do intend on continuing to take a stand. The reason that prayer and daily devotional was taking out of school is because someone took a stand. They to had the option of removing their child/children. If you like what’s been taught hey, that’s up to you but I don’t and will continue to voice my opinion. Have a bless day!!!

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    • TheOnlyOne

      I have no idea how old you are but as a long-time Ahoskie resident and graduate of AHS way back, I NEVER recall in all my years anyone reading a daily devotional or praying in school. We said the Pledge of Allegiance. We didn’t need to pray in school because most of us went to church anyway, and that’s the church’s job.

      You need to remember that school is school and church is church. They do NOT need to merge. To say we need prayer or your brand of religiosity is to insult many people who are not Christian and subject them to your preferences of a god, which is selfish and narrow-minded.

      But Christians have become just that: bigoted, narrow-minded and backwards. You don’t want your kid to learn facts then as I said before, remove them from school and send them to a religious one where he or she can become immersed in fiction and myth. Leave the public school system alone.

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  • TheOnlyOne

    It’s called the Separation of Church and State. You may want to read up on it. Worked very well for so many years, but now the hyper-religious wants to bleed over into schools too.

    If you don’t like what’s being taught in secular schools, please remove your child and send her to a private religious one. Some of us actually want our children to be educated with facts not fiction.

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  • Heavy D

    I was taught Greek Mythology in school at about sixth grade. My parents had already been teaching me about christ since before I was able to remember. Learning about Mythology and other religion’s was never an influence because of Family and Church. Education about the past very seldom has hurt anyone. A strong home teaching will always override something taught by strangers.

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