Child's choice of religious subjects in public school c
Prof. Steven D. Jamar, Dir. LRW Program
sjamar at LAW.HOWARD.EDU
Wed Jan 21 13:51:05 PST 1998
Vance R. Koven wrote:
> This child is plainly being told by school authorities that by loving Jesus
> and reading the bible the child is made a pariah and worthy of contempt at
> best, punishment at worst.
I'm willing to bet that most of the class was Christian and in all likelihood
the teacher was too as was the principal. I will also bet that the teacher
handled the child's private recitation with care and concern and genuine
Nonetheless, being singled out is not, for most kids, fun. But hardly so dire
as Vance makes it.
More often it is the atheist or the Hindu or the Muslim or the Jew who is
indeed treated with contempt and abused by a few of the Christian majority in
the class. In my experience these kids generally hide these differences as
much as they can for as long as they can.
Steven D. Jamar
Professor of Law
Director, Legal Research & Writing Program
Howard University School of Law
2900 Van Ness Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
President, Legal Writing Institute
vox: 202-806-8017 fax: 202-806-8428
email: sjamar at law.howard.edu
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