December 3, 1986

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Having read with great interest the Commentary by Clifton Wharton Jr., chancellor of the State University of New York and chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation, I feel obligated to present an observation and a different point of view ("'Demanding Families' and Black Achievement," Oct. 29, 1986).
No recent court decision has been more widely publicized than that of U.S. District Judge Thomas G. Hull, on Oct. 24, holding that the Hawkins County (Tenn.) Public Schools must allow fundamentalist Christian parents to opt out of the school district's reading program because of their religious beliefs.
A wise friend and teacher has said that the free-speech guarantee of the First Amendment is "delusive" in the simplicity of its phrasing. Unfortunately, the same must be said of the amendment's religion clauses.
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