When classes are out, religious clubs increasingly are in
At Lexington High School, Rabbi Shmuel Miller addressed a Jewish Student Union meeting as Aviv Celine took part. (Suzanne Kreiter/ Globe Staff)
NEWTON -- The rabbi walks through the halls of Newton South High School, wearing a yarmulke and carrying stacks of pizza and donuts. Along the way, the 38-year-old rabbi with the reddish beard and an infectious smile asks students to join him at an afterschool meeting of the Jewish Student Union.
If a student hedges, Rabbi Shmuel Miller mentions the free food.
Miller is among a growing number of religious leaders around the nation who are taking advantage of a four-year-old US Supreme Court ruling that allows religious groups to meet in public schools when classes are not in session. In Massachusetts, the first Jewish Student Union club opened last year at Newton South; this year, chapters of the national nonprofit began in Brookline, Lexington, and Framingham. Evangelical Christians have been running clubs in the last few years in some Boston elementary schools and in some rural towns.
This unfortunatly is becoming very popular in the schools. These kids are being taught that truth is subjective and therefore it is OK for there to be unity. This is VERY dangerous, because to error in unity is what caused the tower of bable. A bottle that has POISON written in bold text is much less dangerous, then if the word was disguised as an unkwnown chemical in small text. I was witnessing to a Bahai the other day and she said her religion is about being open to all religions and that all religions were right.I told her that I believed that Jesus Christ was the only way, she said I was wrong, so much for her openess.