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Published December 12, 2013, 08:08 PM

Controversial Topic: Religious principles in schools

Radicals on both sides paint the issue as black and white. But do every day people think the same? We hit the streets to find out what the middle majority thinks.

Radicals on both sides paint the issue as black and white. But do every day people think the same? We hit the streets to find out what the middle majority thinks.

"It's highly controversial."

"I don't know, I have a couple thoughts going."

On the one hand, the loss of decorations raises questions of cultural and personal identity:

" Do you drop all the holidays completely?"

"Kids should do it so they find out what the true meaning of Christmas is"

And on the other hand, the possibility of socially ostracized students due to different beliefs.

"Just leave it like wreaths or really basic things? I don't know."

In Fargo, the public schools operate under a single policy regarding beliefs catering to students exercising and opposed to religious principles. Symbols can be used as teaching aid as an example of religious heritage and the educational purpose of the religious object is clearly identified. However, schools must honor written requests from parents that children be excused from any activity they deem objectionable on religious grounds. It's a stark contrast from a private school like Park Christian, part of our DNA.

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