“We’ve been spending a lot of time on Martin Luther King at (our parish) school.”

“Have you? What do you mean by ‘a lot of time’?”

“We’ve been singing songs, reading about his life, studying his speech — we’re going to write poems next.”

“That is a lot of time.”

“Is there anything … wrong with that?”

“There’s nothing wrong with spending time learning about Martin Luther King — he made important contributions to our country. That seems excessive, though.”

“But he was a Christian, right?”

“Yes, but he’s generally celebrated as a secular figure, and Martin Luther King Day is a secular holiday. If they’re having you spend that much time on MLK, then you should spend three times as much studying, say, St. Joseph.”

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