Yet, it is unclear where the group stands on one of the bedrocks of
Perhaps there is a reason. The current communications director, Neil Mellen, is an award winning fighter against prayer in public schools. Just five years ago, the communications guy won an award from Freedom from Religion Foundation for his work against the mess hall prayer at the Virginia Military Institute. The link to the award can be found at: http://www.ffrf.org/fttoday/2003/oct/index.php?ft=mellen,
Now, Mr. Mellen certainly had a right to support his point of view. No one contends that. However, the fact that he is working for a group that now supports so called school choice and appeals to people’s religious beliefs in doing so is notable. Are parents who want assistance in getting their children religious school education really getting what they think they are from SCRG? As stated in an earlier post, there is the possibility that SCRG’s position, if it came to fruition, could result in quasi-public schools, such as with higher education. Would they fight to ban mess hall and other prayers then if public money was involved?
Again, this is nothing personal against SCRG or its communications director. However, if the group is to be what it aspires to be, the arbitrator of who is conservative and who is not, it ought to make clear its stand on school prayer. For many South Carolina Republican voters can live with their children in public schools if their kids were free to bow their heads in prayer or a moment of silence. But, those same voters will be outraged if a system is created where lawsuits create an atmosphere that even in private schools getting public money, their children could not bow their heads.
You won’t read the above in a slick, clever mail out, but it is something to think about before you let SCRG be the decision maker for you at the polls.