This letter is in response to the letter written by Alec Berfield on Dec. 18, titled “Were bible peddlers out of line?” Alec, you were correct in feeling that adults hanging out in front of Bandon High School handing out religious books is reprehensible and offensive. Instead of talking to adults about religion, they are approaching children at a public school.
First off, a public school is supposed to be a forum for education, not people's personal beliefs. Secondly, it is creepy that they would approach children without their parents permission, and sinister that they would try and brainwash other people's children with their own personal beliefs.
This group might be related to a group called the Good News Club (although I think they changed their name). I found out about them last year. They have permission to take children out of school and miss a class or part of a class plus lunch and meet off school property for lunch and bible study. This is with the parents' permission, although the teacher is required to catch them up on what they miss in school. So the teacher has to make the decision to either not teach something for the class, or on another day make the kids who didn’t miss class have down time while the other kids are catching up. I was so surprised and feel that this is ethically wrong and impacts an already challenged educational system.