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Better East Texas: Lindale school program

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A big reaction has taken place in Lindale where fifth graders at E.G. Moss Intermediate School had to cancel, amend and ultimately reschedule an end of year performing arts program titled "In God We Trust". 

The cancellation and ensuing rescheduling was the result of a complaint filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation that threatened legal action against the Lindale Independant School District.  The heart of the matter is the constitutional provision that ensures that there is no state sponsored religion, or the "separation of church and state" argument. 

Now, few will argue that our country's founders worshipped and acknowledged God.  "In God We Trust" is our national motto, and we also have the freedom of religion provision of the first amendment. 

There was certain to be a collision of these important features of our country and perhaps we are seeing it, but freedom of religion does not mean that we cannot acknowledge our Creator in our schools and in other public places. That is what the current movement against school programs, like the Lindale event, seem to embody. 

We need a comprehensive policy that allows religious expression and allows those offended, or just not in favor of that expression, to excuse themselves.   All should have the option to celebrate their faith and it seems we have that in place, but schools should not be forced to cancel something like this. 

It is not a state sponsored religion – it is freedom to express religion and it makes for a Better East Texas.

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