Value of parochial education
I read with interest Lee Helms comment on “force taxpayers to support religious creeds and cultures which they disagree” (“Tax money should not fund religious schools,” July 12 Macomb Daily). I also, am forced to pay taxes on a public school system with which I disagree on the quality of education and the wasteful spending of tax dollars. Being childless I have been paying into this system for 50 years with no benefit to me and little benefit to society.
A religious school education instills a value system into a child’s life, regardless of the religion. I attended a religious school and my parents were forced to pay taxes on a public school that I never attended in addition to tuition at a private school.
Why do you think kids are on drugs? Or why are school shootings happening? God has been removed from the classroom as well as patriotism, so what is left, the shallow promises of a secular nation.
A separation of church and state was meant not to protect the government from religion but to protect religion from the government.
Religious education serves a purpose
I wish atheists would be more honest about “reality” and admit that religious schools do society and them a great favor by paying the great majority of the cost to educate more that 10 % of our population. In addition to schools, religious groups serve neighbors in need with with food, clothes, furniture and financial help.
In southeast Michigan for the past 100+ years churches of just one denomination have donated annually in Southeast Michigan $2-3 million for volunteer direct assistance to minority and majority groups. This does not include the various hospitals, senior housing units, universities, camps for low income and handicapped children, counseling and adoption/foster care services provided to the community by religious groups.
The religious schools teach all the subjects required by Mr. Helms (“Tax money should not fund religious schools,” July 12 Macomb Daily) and the atheists’ “secular curriculum” and probably do it better. They provide a moral and a human outlook that is more realistic and purposeful than the secular culture. They present by science, human reasoning and the inner calling of each person to view the seen and unseen realities of this world and universe. Creation of this universe by a higher being makes more sense, science wise, than saying the world and the stars just happen to appear and each man’s unique characteristics just happen.
What about death? Atheists have no reasonable response to efforts to improve our world for the long term and the results of our life’s choices after we die. “Who designed you and for what purpose” should be asked by all those who honestly want to look at the meaning of their lives.
Religious schools need and have a right to some taxpayer dollars as they provide a great service to our communities. Many are threatened with closure with the coronavirus layover. They have a right to continue. Public schools need support, too. The Michigan Atheists views on religious schools and what they teach are horribly wrong and inaccurate and should put in the wastebasket.
St. Clair Shores
Greed holding America from greatness
America no longer manufactures the appliances bought in stores, most are made in China and exported from China. Seventy percent of the GM and Ford vehicles made in America are from component parts manufactured in cheap labor countries.
Toyota has the highest amount of American component parts in cars assembled in America.
America is a debtor country with the largest foreign trade deficit of any nation. The shortage is a result of the stopping of shipping from China due to politics and the coronavirus.
America has become a third world nation subsisting on debt now equal to $120,000 for each man, woman and child in America that allows foreign ownership of America becoming economic slavery just to be able to live.
Make America Great is an oxymoron statement, most nations declined from within due to greed and avarice of a few.