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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Carlynton director sets record straight on donated Bibles

Dear Editor,

I thank you for your intern, Sam Bigham, for attending our Carlynton School Board meeting in June, and for his then reporting on our public meeting. Sam is a prime example of a well-educated Carlynton graduate (and good parenting).

I request a correction to his report on our school board meeting. The motion that I made was for “the Bible” to be allowed in our school libraries (with the understanding that no public funds would be used: simply public donations of Bibles).

In my whole life, I have probably never said the phrase “Christian Bible,” as referenced in the newspaper article. The Bible that most Christians use for guidance contains the New Testament, of course, but also the Old Testament, 24 books which might be termed “the Jewish Bible“ (in Hebrew, Tanach). There is no “Christian Bible,” per se.

The Bible contains great wisdom to guide the reader through the trials of the day and throughout life.

It’s not as if all our schools in America are always and everywhere safe places for our children. We live in a newly confused America, where children attack their fellow students with knives and guns. cf: Proverbs 22:6

Except for public schools that teach the divisive theory of CRT/DEI, most American children are being taught all sorts of good subjects. But in public schools, they are not being taught moral values. The best book of wisdom to learn moral values is the Bible, which should not be banned in ANY school library.

The legality: The First Amendment to the Constitution, supports free access to religion: “Congress shall …make no law … prohibiting the free exercise of (religion)…”. So to exercise his/her right to practice his/her religion, a student should have every right to refer to the Bible in his school library, to merely read, or to do research.


George Honchar,

Carlynton School Director and Carnegie resident



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