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After reading the editorial board's editorial piece from Wednesday concerning House File 2031, I have one burning question: Did any of you actually read the bill? It is readily available online. The rampant hysteria, hyperbole and downright misrepresentation of the contents of the bill would lead me to answer, “no.”

What is also disturbing is the board's total lack of historical facts concerning the founding and early governance of our country. The founders in no way meant the Establishment Clause to suggest we were to be a secular society. To the contrary, they meant it to be a protection against any particular denomination or sect becoming the state religion. The reason this was so important was that each of the original 13 colonies had state religions. Some of the first state's constitutions had clauses that a person could not hold office unless they were Christians. They had brought all the divisiveness of religion with them from Europe, but in their wisdom, crafted an amazing amendment that protected their right to practice as their conscience dictated without the dreaded state church they had witnessed before.

And as for quoting George Washington, how about this one, "What students would learn in American schools above all else is the religion of Jesus Christ." Surely the editorial board knows that the very first textbook in American schools was the Bible. Congress actually printed a Bible for America in 1782 for use in the public schools. So who is utilizing false history?

The course study being offered in HF 2031 is an elective, so there would be no undo coercion to anyone to take said course.

Gary Jones