I am the youth director of a church in Long Beach, and many of my kids are in the Long Beach public schools. It seems as though the issues and fears raised by Ed Eveland, who was my principal at Wilson High School years ago, and others stem from their interpretation of this valuable constitutional concept of church-state separation. Local officials and even individual principals, as I understand it, are given the ability and the right to determine what specifically constitutes a violation of church-state separation.
I encourage Mr. Eveland and others to carefully weigh whether these activities do indeed bring the church and state into a relationship that the writers of the Constitution would also disagree with.
If not, then I implore them to use their powers of discretion for the benefit of our youths today and not for some special-interest hobby horse being ridden today by both far-right and far-left jockeys.
DAVID F. COPP
Bethany Chapel, Long Beach