A president is always free to be polite to his constituents. He can express is private views (which were not Christian in Jefferson's care, btw). School teachers can also be polite, and should be. And if a student writes a private letter to his teacher, that teacher should be free to reciprocate in polite language. That's a far different matter than evangelizing in the classroom to a captive audience of children.
How do you suppose the courts would view a letter from a teacher to her students ending with the wording, “I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and Creator of man”? A little awkward for 21st Century English, but this is how Thomas Jefferson ended a letter that he wrote in January of 1802. Was Jefferson acting in violation of the U.S. Constitution by...
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