Letter: Inappropriate on school grounds
Re “Blessed be the school” (Monitor front page, May 18):
Lizarda Urena needs to stop preaching on the campus of Concord High School. This is a clear violation of the separation of church and state, regardless of the principal’s view.
Has the school board been advised of this decision? Has this decision been recorded somewhere in the board minutes as being okay? I want to see that. Has this decision been vetted by the school attorney? Does the principal have written authorization from someone other than himself that this is legally allowed? I think he is mistaken, I don’t think it is an allowable activity.
I foresee many problems here. Do we allow other street preachers access to our school campus? We are okay then if Westboro Baptist street preachers want to walk on campus and pray over our children as Urena does? What of kids who are Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or any other religion, kids who perhaps don’t want to hear her entreat her particular sky god to protect the school property? They have to listen to her praying? Why? How is this not proselytizing her religion?
I understand her good intentions, but her praying needs to move off campus asap.