Insight from my Inbox
This one is making the rounds right now. I kinda like it.
Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.
If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the state.
We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's "inappropriate" to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such "judgments" do not belong.
We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.
It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!
Posted by PromoGuy at July 03, 2002 07:57 AM
and when this issue goes to court,
the judges will then have to resort,
to taking their ruling down to please
all those who sit on bended knees.
those of us who do not pray,
get called satanists everyday.
we get talked to on our way to work
by cars full of people doing gods work.
telling me i will rot in hell
if i do not hear heavens bells.
children need to bow and pray
to have their souls saved someday.
if you want to pray in school,
try doing it sunday school.
public scghool is for learning math
and history and all of that.
it's not to sit on bended knee and promise devotion to the unseen.
The problem with this bit of prose is that it implies that religious speech of any kind is outlawed in schools. It isn't. Kids can, and do, pray in school all the time and can freely organize themselves into Bible study groups during free time as well as form Bible Clubs after school hours on campus. All of this is protected by the very same amendment folks would tear down.
What isn't allowed is for the government, in the form of the school, it's administrators and/or staff, to sanction any one religious viewpoint. Teachers opening class with prayer or princpals reading prayers aloud over loud speakers violates that rule. If little Timmy wants to bow his head and pray silently prior to the start of class or taking a test or eating lunch, he has a very Constitutional right to do so as long as his actions don't disrupt the class unnecessarily. I would be the first to speak up against anyone who attempted to stop him from doing so, and I have done such here in Michigan in the past.
If some administrator were to open the day with a recitation of the Wiccan creed followed by a prayer to Allah, the greater majority of Christians would be in an uproar. The hypocrisy of the "It's OK to force my Christian viewpoint onto a captive audience of school children, but not any other religion's viewpoint." is enough to turn my stomach at times.
The things that Kat and Les said make my stomach turn. The Bible says that in the end times there will be a great rebellion against the Bible and Christ, and the things that I've been hearing are all reminding me of what's to come. I can find peace in knowing that I won't have to be here during armagedon. But it does scare me because I know so many people who will. I can already imagine the things people would say if they read this, like how christians are so stubborn that they won't even accept that other religions could be right. But every religion says that it is the only religion, that no other religion is true. But Christianity is so specific because there can't be room for loop holes. Either hot or cold. The problem is that science is teaching children things that contradict the Bible, so people automatically disregard it as false. Most public schools (well really the teachers) ARE teaching evolution as fact, and that goes against every religion I've ever heard of (except atheism). I can't understand why any religious person would allow this. I also keep hearing about how public schools are being insensitive to atheists. By removing all religion from schools arent' they becoming atheist schools? and they are a minority. I'm not saying that we shouldn't respect minorities, but we have to go with the bigger group, and this isn't a matter that you can compromise with.
I tend to agree with Becky on this one. Schools are allowed to teach other beliefs other than Christian ones. Here in Canada they can teach homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle - THAT is totally anti-Christian (at least in my bible it is) and I would not want any of the children I know to be subject to that teaching. I believe that the governments removed "Christianity" from the schools - not "religion". If they are going to teach homosexuality as another way of life, can they not teach Christianity as another way of life as well? Think about it.