Bible distribution

Christianity is the most followed religion in the world. Oakwood Junior/Senior High School is home to a myriad of religions.

Christianity is the most followed religion in the world. Oakwood Junior/Senior High School is home to a myriad of religions.

On Wed, Apr. 10, members of the community stood outside of the Junior High and distributed pocket-size versions of the New Testament. Some students were perfectly fine with this, while others were upset or angered by it. The anger with it derives from the fact that Oakwood is a public school district, open to all forms of religion.

Before the end of the school day, principal Paul Waller announced that members of the community would distribute these. Defending their actions, Waller said they had every right to do so because they were off school property and the students had the right not to accept one.

Personally, I feel that the decision to announce that Bibles were to be distributed shows bias against the policy of a public school. My standpoint is this: I attend a public school and should be able to attend the facilities without religion being apart of my day. I have very atheistic views when it comes to religion and other kids, especially kids who practice other religions, feel the same way.

This incident is not the only case where the school advocated religion. The same issue surfaced with the 40 Developmental Assets this year, with asset 19 expressing that spending at least an hour each week in a religious institution is an ingredient for success. For people who do not possess a strong religious faith, this is upsetting. Going to a public school should not entail any aspects of religion, period.

Another time when I think bias is shown is during the baccalaureate ceremony held within a church in downtown Dayton. I attended last year’s ceremony and listened to a member of that church say farewell to the graduating class with both songs and stories. It felt like sitting through one of my old Sunday School classes at Holy Angels. Even though attendance was is not mandatory, there is no other ceremony in a temple or a mosque. I do not believe a ceremony for the graduating class of a public high school should be bent towards a certain faith.

In conclusion, I don’t think anything sponsored by a public school system should have any religious affiliations.

By Adam Koenig

koenig.adam@oakwoodschools.org

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