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    THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG On Monday, EdSec Paige was quoted as saying “All things equal, I would prefer to have a child in a school that has a strong appreciation for the values of the Christian community, where a child is taught to have a strong faith… The reason that Christian schools and Christian universities are growing is a result of a strong value system. In a religious environment the value system is set. That’s not the case in a public school where there are so many different kids with different kinds of values.” I was surprised to hear a government official express this; it sounded more like something James Dobson would say. Civil liberties groups, as well as a teachers’ union, are calling for Paige to recant (or at least clarify) his position or to resign.

    The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said Paige’s remarks showed “an astonishing mix of disrespect for both America’s religious diversity and the public schools.” In a letter faxed to the Department of Education yesterday, Lynn urged Paige to repudiate the remarks or step down.

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