Letter to the Editor


The bill to post the Ten Commandments in Texas classrooms failed in the last legislature, but I fear it will be back.

It specified the King James Version, an insult to Jews and Catholics who do not accept that bible. It is also disrespectful to other religions like Islam, and to ethical systems like Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism. I pity teachers who will have to answer questions, such as on the commandment "thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's ... maidservant." Synonyms for maidservant are servant, slave, concubine. Read the story of Abraham and Sarah, founders of this Bronze Age religion, for how maids were used.

Texas wants to force children to learn a moral code that it is okay to own people, and if the people you own are women, rape is okay. Why? I fear it is to prepare our children for a future of making people of color slaves again, and allowing only white men to own property and vote. We must stand against making Texas schools promote the return of such immorality.

Jo Ann M. Duman

Texarkana, Texas

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