RE: [Freethought-Association-of-Northern-Mic­higan] News

From: Jim H.
Sent on: Sunday, October 23, 2011 10:58 PM

Bob,

It’s great that you will be following up on this matter with some phone calls.  I totally agree with the following assessments:

1.      What would the community say if it was a Muslim or Scientology group wanting to come in and be there to "support the kids".

2.      They say that they are only there to support the kids, but we would be very naive to believe them. Young life has been around for a long time and will be using stealth methods to get students into clubs beyond school. 

Jim Hong


From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Robert Speeter
Sent: Sunday, October 23, 2011 7:58 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [Freethought-Association-of-Northern-Michigan] News

 

Chris, 

I agree, I find this very troubling

What would the community say if it was a Muslim or Scientology group wanting to come in and be there to "support the kids".

I am making some phone calls Monday to find out more of the details. 

Bob Speeter

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On Oct 23, 2011, at 3:20 PM, Chris Wright <[address removed]> wrote:. The article implies that there are other groups already involved with the school and I wonder what these groups may be. To allow a religious group into a public school for any reason would send the message that the school endorses that group. It would be a violation of the establishment clause.

They say that they are only there to support the kids, but we would be very naive to believe them. Young life has been around for a long time and will be using stealth methods to get students into clubs beyond school. 


 

Hi Kendal/Group . . .

 

I couldn't find Rachel's article online, so I typed it up verbatim from the News-Review (attached).

 

What troubles me the most, after reading the article, is that there doesn't seem to be too much concern about the issue of a religious group proselytizing in a public school. It's almost as if they're (school board/teachers/parents) encouraging it. Could it be that the distant war drums of FFRF are finally making people realize that separation of church and state is not only a mandate for larger metropolitan areas, but the smaller communities as well? Perhaps they're (the school board) just playing it safe, to see what happens. If there isn't much opposition, they may quietly continue to allow the group in the schools.

 

Religious organizations have NO business in public schools PERIOD. I never knew Young Life existed, and I can't believe they are allowed on school grounds during lunch hour. I really would like to find out a little bit more about what they do, and what their role is as "mentors" in schools.

Chris


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Subject: [Freethought-Association-of-Northern-Michigan] News
From: Kendal J Taylor <[address removed]>
Date: Fri, October 21,[masked]:48 pm
To: [address removed]

There is an article on the front of tonight's Petoskey News Review that is worth reading. It's about what's going on with allowing christian groups to set up shop on school grounds during the lunch hour.


http://dl.dropbox.com/u/38471806/News%20Review-Young%20Life-111021.pdf

 

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