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Letters to the Editor 1/15

January 16, 2001

Letters to the Editor 1/15



The disabled have equal rights



To the editor:

We read with interest the Dec. 21, 2000, editorial about Potomac Center.

As you know, the United States Supreme Court maintained in the 1999 Olmstead decision that persons with disabilities have the right to live in the most integrated setting appropriate for each person's needs.

The primary focus for you and for the legislators must be on the civil and human rights of the people with disabilities who are residing at Potomac Center. Legislators should also remember that people with disabilities are also their constituents.

Michael A. Taylor

Lori Powell

Annapolis, Md.




Religion in school; make it all or nothing



To the editor:

As a concerned parent of an 8-year-old boy, it has come to my attention that while prayer has been taken out of school there have been other religious beliefs allowed to remain.

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It is my understanding that church and state, likewise, church and education, have been separated. Prayer was taken out of schools and religious preferences were to remain at home.

During sustained silent reading time in class, students are told to choose any material they like. My son chose to read the Bible and was told that maybe he would like to make a different choice, that the Bible was not really acceptable.

He was not pushing his beliefs, he was not reading aloud, yet he was discouraged from reading his Bible.

If even this is not acceptable, why then are Easter and Christmas activities encouraged in school, knowing that they are strictly Christian holidays?

Religious freedom should either be totally restored to our children while in school, or all reference to religion should be totally removed. Fair is fair. Bring back prayer or remove the rest.

I have spoken with Governor Glendening and the Washington County Board of Education. My next step is to contact the president of the United States. Something needs to be done to balance out the contradictions.

Harry L. Sloan

Hancock




We love you - unless you're different



To the editor:

There is a group mentality that exists within this nation - claiming to be both American and Christian - yet denying the fundamental precepts of both! It says that they hate blacks, they hate Jews, they hate homosexuals, they hate Catholics, they hate foreigners, they hate the disabled and deformed. In fact, it seems that the main thing that they do is hate! According to them, this land should be cleansed for pure, perfect, white, native-born Protestants only!

They love to wave the American flag in patriotic fervor, neglecting the fact that the founders of this nation bled and died for the premise that, "All men are created equal, and endowed by their creator with certain natural rights, among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

They claim to be Christian, discounting the truth that their master, Jesus, the pre-eminent Jew, commanded them (and us) to do this, which sums up all of God's requirements for man: "You shall love God with all of your being and you shall love your associate as you love yourself."

Later, some hypocrites who sought to weasel out of his command by nit-picking over exactly who was their "associate," were met by him with the answer, "Your associate is anyone that you chance to encounter during your day's activities." He then goes even one step further with the command, "You hear that it was said, 'Love your associate and hate your enemy.' Yet I am saying to you, love your enemies and do good to them."

I believe that Abe Lincoln put it very well in 1855 when he said, "Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that 'all men are created equal except negroes, foreigners and Catholics, (and Jews and homosexuals).' When it comes to this, I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty - to Russia, for instance - where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy."

Albert Jenke

Hagerstown

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