A breach in the church-state wall

Monday, March 15, 2010

Contrary to the view of Kelly Amis and Joseph E. Robert Jr. ["A betrayal of D.C. students," op-ed, March 8], it is not Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Sens. Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) who are betraying D.C. students but such politicians as Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) who would undermine our public schools by diverting public funds to private, church-run schools not answerable to the taxpayers.

As a retired seminary president, I have always valued the wisdom and foresight of Jefferson and Madison, who cut the Gordian knot that had long held government and religion together to the detriment of the religious freedom of all.

The voucher plan imposed on the District by President George W. Bush and his colleagues in Congress could hardly be viewed as anything other than an attempt to pull our country back to the pre-Constitution days when citizens could be compelled by government to support religious institutions not of their choosing.

The Rev. William R. Murry, Annapolis

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