Recently, a professor ordered students to write "Jesus" on a paper, place it on the floor and stomp it. One student refused. He was threatened with suspension. The university defended the professor as creating "open dialogue."
An elementary principal forbade teachers any classroom activity associated with Easter -- no egg hunt, no bunny, nothing egg shaped.
In their efforts to degrade and deny Jesus, these educators unintentionally created a real "open dialogue." Conversation and interest in Easter and its meaning increased. Parents also began discussing alternative education -- home-schooling, vouchers and faith-based universities.
Knowledge of Jesus and Easter in a public school does not require belief in Him or His resurrection. Our Constitution guarantees church and state separation.
In addition, these teachers can never be sure whether the belief they attempted to stifle is a false belief.
- Joan Marinello, Valparaiso