A sukkah is a hut covered by things like palm leaves built for the Jewish festival of Sukkot.
Some Jewish students at Nicolet High School in Wisconsin built one recently and they wanted to keep it in the school’s courtyard… but you can see the problem with that: it’d be a religious display on government property, akin to Christian students putting up a Nativity scene at the school.
What’s really interesting, though, is that it was fellow Jewish students who led the charge to have it removed:
“The prevailing view in the Jewish community is for a strong line between religion and government,” said Elana Kahn-Oren, a Nicolet parent and executive director of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Relation’s Council, who approached Nicolet Principal Greg Kabara on behalf of the group.
“We really value the separation of church and state. And we recognize that it protects us and all religious minorities,” she said.
Though it was adults who raised their concerns with Kabara, the reservations appear to have percolated up from the students themselves.
Good for those students to raise the issue. Conservative Christians could learn a lesson from them. Pushing for church/state separation isn’t anti-religious in the least — it’s best for everybody.
(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Richard for the link)