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Letter: God does not belong in schools

The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the newspaper by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press. To submit a letter, send it to aedenloff@echopress.com or Echo Press, P.O. Box 549, Alexandria, MN 56308.

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To the editor:

In response to Joseph Struck’s letter to the editor (Dec. 2 Echo Press) regarding putting God back in schools, I must say that his judgment is uninformed. Of the many gods worshipped in this world, exactly which God would he like back in schools? The Christian God? Which variation of Christian God? The Gods touted by right-wing Evangelicals? The Muslim God? The Hindu Gods? The Mother Earth God? It would be best if Mr. Struck understood that public institutions, such as schools, cannot favor one God over another. Public institutions must be neutral.

Mr. Struck believes that since God was taken out of schools everything has worsened. He may have forgotten the atrocities done throughout history in the name of God. The Crusades killed 3 million people, in the name of God. Jihadists killed millions, also in the name of God. The Inquisition executed 1000s, in the name of God. The genocide of Native Americans was justified by the Christian God. Slavery was justified by the same God. Witch hunts killed 300,000. The Holocaust killed millions, in the name of God. Muslims killed 3,000 on 911, in the name of their brand of God. The killing of homosexuals, justified by God. God seems to be rather dangerous. There has been no shortage of violence done in the name of God. Keep God to yourself. He does not belong in schools.

Jon Koll
Alexandria, MN

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The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the newspaper by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press. To submit a letter, send it to aedenloff@echopress.com or Echo Press, P.O. Box 549, Alexandria, MN 56308.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the newspaper by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press. To submit a letter, send it to aedenloff@echopress.com or Echo Press, P.O. Box 549, Alexandria, MN 56308.
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The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the newspaper by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press. To submit a letter, send it to aedenloff@echopress.com or Echo Press, P.O. Box 549, Alexandria, MN 56308.