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December 20, 1985 - Image 62

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-12-20

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Friday, December 20, 1985 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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YOUTH

MSTY Lobbies Lansing
On Church-State Issue

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Though they might have been
the youngest set of constituents
that State Representative Lynn
Jondahl (D-east Ingham County)
has ever had to face, a group of
about 50 MSTY (Michigan State
Temple Youth) members who
lobbied their positions on church
and state separation last Satur-
day were by no means the least
enthusiastic.
The lobbying, part of a MSTY
"Kallah" study session that
brought members from Ohio,
Flint, Jackson, East Lansing
and greater Detroit to East
Lansing for the weekend, con-
cluded a series of discussions
about the wall of separation be-
tween church and state which
we as a minority group have
come to rely on," according to
MSTY adviser David Frank.
The importance of the lobbying
itself, Frank said, was to teach
the students to formulate ideas
and "to transfer opinion on a
given issue to someone or some
people actually able to do some-
thing about it."
• During the hour-long lobbying
session at East Lansing's Cong.
Shaarey Zedek, the MSTY
members presented "position
papers" describing their opposi-

tion to school prayer, the Michi-
gan Equal Access Law, and pub-
lic nativity scenes such as the
one at the Lansing state capitol
building. Michelle Sage, 18,
summed up the group's position:
The state capitol is supposed to
be an equal representation of
state," she said, "and for one
group to put something on the
lawn is not equal representa-
tion."
Jondahl, a self-proclaimed
"civil libertarian". who added
what Frank called a measure of
"religious sensibility" by being a
non-practicing but ordained
minister of the United Church
of Christ, assured the students
that he generally voted in oppo-
sition to both school prayer and
publically-funded religious prac-
tices and that he believed in a
"strict standard of separation."
He did, however, ask the stu-
dents for help in drawing lines
of separation in a way that
allows diversity. "How do you
deal with those of us who want
to express our point of view?"
asked Jondahl, using the teach-
ing of religion through religious
speakers as a hypothetical situ-
ation.
In this area the MSTY opin-

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