The Sept. 9 news article “ Teacher: School like concentration camp” reported that Fuquay-Varina High School teacher Ray Fournier wrote an article in a Christian magazine opining there was “spiritual death of those behind these walls.” Fournier compared the high school to a Nazi death camp and said that one young woman he knew was “turned” into a lesbian after attending the school.
First, thanks to Fuquay-Varina High School for observing the assertion set forth by Thomas Jefferson in 1802 in a letter that there is an obligation to practice and to respect the crucial separation of church and state. Religious education should be reserved for private schools and churches.
Second, I cannot imagine the power of any school that “turns” someone gay, that influences an adolescent so dramatically that she shuns her family and her religion, chooses to endure teasing in an environment dripping with peer pressure and looks forward to a lifetime of social challenges.
Third, Fournier’s motivation for his well-timed article seems less about his religious beliefs and more about the book he’s authored, in which he urges Christian parents to abandon public schools.
Let’s hope he sets that example by abandoning his position.
Kathleen Sullivan, Fuquay-Varina