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On March 16, in a news story headlined “Bible study comes to public school near you?” we reported on Senate Bill 138, sponsored by Sen. Stan Bingham, R-Davidson, that would allow public schoolteachers to offer a straightforward, objective Bible study course that wouldn’t veer into proselytizing or state-support of a specific faith.
ARK3000: Do you want your children instructed about the Bible? Fine, take them to Sunday School at church. Better yet, do as I did: Reach into your own pocket, and pay the very reasonable tuition for a Lutheran, or Catholic, or Baptist school. Prayer abounds. Still want the Bible taught in a public school? Fine, make way for the Quran, and the Talmud. Separation of church and state! What is it that some of you folks can’t comprehend?
TaxpayerOne: Outstanding. A world religion course, sure, but not a specific study course on the Bible. This fellow is simply attempting to use my tax dollars to proselytize his particular religious faith.
On April 3, Clarence Page in a column headlined “Fear of gay marriage backlash overblown” that referenced the Loving v. Virginia case, which legalized interracial marriages nationwide in 1967, wrote: “The result? Instead of a backlash, the decision was widely hailed as long overdue amid the other civil rights and social revolutions of the 1960s — even though a Gallup Poll at the time showed 73 percent of Americans opposed marriage between blacks and whites. That resistance has melted away. As with other prejudices, opposition to interracial marriage in the abstract softens when you become familiar with real people who are in one.”
TaxpayerOne: The justices need to forget about public backlash and rule according to the law, the law upon which this nation was founded. The equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment is clear. You cannot deny to one what you are granting another.
On March 27 a news story headlined “Residents weigh in on same-sex marriage debate” reported views of several area residents for and against same-sex marriage.
• Keith Cumbie: “Wrapping your bigotry in the Bible is just wrong. Anyone who thinks they deserve more rights than their neighbor is not American.”