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Gary J. Simson’s and Erika Sussman’s article, “‘Don’t Do It’ May Be Illegal”, would have been a good light-hearted article, if only the authors didn’t take themselves seriously. Really! “Abstinence-only sex education . . . is not only bad from a policy perspective but probably unconstitutional as well. . . If a court finds either (1) that a law is based virtually entirely on a religious purpose or (2) that a reasonable observer, acquainted with a law’s history and operation, is likely to view the law as sending a message of state support of religion, the court is obliged to strike down the law� Abstinence-only programs may well run afoul of this ‘endorsement test,’ especially its second prong.” Tell me, Mr. Simson and Ms. Sussman, why is it illegal to steal a car? Something about “Thou shall not steal,” perhaps? Oops, looks as if the ACLU crowd — if it values any kind of logical consistency — will be trying to spring all the car thieves in prison, those poor oppressed victims of the religious right. Next they’ll go for posthumous pardons of all the cattle rustlers hanged in the 19th century. As I said, the article would have been good for a laugh if there weren’t people who take such drivel as gospel, er, so to speak. John Gallo Grafton, Wisconsin

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