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I have re-read it...your point? Remember, this is supposed to be about the kids and their future, not the businesses or the Christians. The day of silence is not a "reward" for helping Philomath. Do you know what it is? If businesses and Christians want a day of silence or maybe recognition, then go do it...make one...and it too will most likely be recognized at the school, because we have great Christians and businesses in our town that do indeed need acknowledgement, as we do Pagans, Buddhists, Atheists, Secular Humanists, Homosexuals, Heterosexuals, Native Americans, Hispanics, White, and the labeling list goes on. We can celebrate everyone...not just one group. On this point of helping, yes, many religious and non-religious groups have given freely to Philomath. We have lots of community support and help; it is wonderful. I have definitely put into this community...but this isn't about me...it shouldn't be about politics or religion either, or about certain values or morals or judgments, but about a gift to the the children of the community to help them fulfill their dreams. The kids have been the ones suffering while everyone debates the true simmering issue: liberalism vs conservatism. So to them...get the scholarship if you are in line with it, if not move on. This is an age-old "fight" that is going on in America. If you have ideas to solve it or make it better...go for it. I know Philomath's teens are, as are so many teens everywhere, more with it, accepting, practical, tolerant, and intelligent than people know. Some of the teens sent amazing letters into the Gazette Times when some of this was going down a few years ago. Do whatever you feel is following your OWN life's purpose (college or not). If someone wants to give you a gift, make sure you don't have to sacrifice your beliefs, dreams, lifestyle, and so on, and be aware and careful if there are any "strings attached" that compromise any part of you.
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