My mother-in-law has this annoying habit of passing on every single chain letter known to man, and since I ended up on her e-mail list, I've managed to get every one of them at least once, if not multiple times. Some of them are cute, some of them are less than cute, and some just make me want to hit the "reply to all" button and give everyone on the list a piece of my mind.
This is one of those letters - I'll put my comments between brackets () and in italics... Here we go!
This is a statement that was read over the PAs ystem at the football game at Roane County High School, Kingston, Tennessee, by school Principal, Jody McLeod
[I'd be interested to see if this was actually read by the principal, and if it was, I'd love to see someone smack him or her upside the head with a lawsuit, you'll see why in a minute.]
"It has always been the custom at Roane County High School football games, to say a prayer and play the National Anthem, to honor God and Country."
[The Star Spangled Banner does, in fact have the phrase "In God is our trust." I suppose it makes a little bit of difference that it's in the fourth verse. Do you know the fourth verse? No Googling, now.
Custom or not, in a public high school, paid for by public money collected from all brands and religions of people, prayer is unconstitutional. End of story. You can not use public money for sectarian things.]
Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that saying a Prayer is a violation of Federal Case Law. [Um, no. It's a violation of the FIRST AMENDMENT OF THE CONSITUTION!]As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility to approve of sexual perversion and call it "an alternate lifestyl e(sic)," and if someone is offended, that's OK. [You must not understand the law very well, which is probably why you're a high school principle and not a lawyer. What folks do in their bedrooms with consenting folks of their choice is none of the schools damn business. A school has no business teaching that either homosexuality or heterosexuality is or isn't moral. In my opinion, sex education should be kept to strictly biological and health contexts. Morality should play no part in high school sex ed. Period. That is the purview of the church and the family, and the schools can keep their abnormally large noses out of it.]
I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity, by dispensing condoms and calling it, "safe sex." If someone is offended, that's OK.
[Is there a law that says you have to hand out condoms in high schools in Tennesee? If there isn't, see my earlier comment. The school isn't planned parenthood or 7-freakin-11.]
I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing an unborn baby as a "viable means of birth control." If someone is offended, no problem...
[Okay, now I know you need to be removed as principal, because I guarantee you'd have a lawsuit on your hands post haste with regards to this. See earlier comment about sex ed. Schools have no business preaching morality beyond the most basic. If it's illegal or against your school's policy, then it's something teachable and actionable. If not, fingers out of the pie!]
I can designate a school day as "Earth Day" and involve students in activities to worship religiously and praise the goddess "Mother Earth" and call it "ecology."
[Dude, you actually lead your high school kids in a maypole dance? Do you have them join an ancient fertility ritual? Run around with athames and swords while skyclad? Damn, I should have gone to school in Tennesee. All we did for earth day was watch some contractor plant a tree in the front lawn.]
I can use literature, videos and presentations in the classroom that depicts people with strong, traditional Christian convictions as "simple minded" and "ignorant" and call it "enlightenment."
[Well, I suppose you could, but I have to ask...why would you?]
However, if anyone uses this facility to honor GOD and to ask HIM to Bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, then Federal Case Law is violated.
[Well, I suppose we could open it up a little more. How about we ask God (Krishna, Vishnu, Brighid, Thor, Loki, Zeus, Aphrodite, Allah, Ares, Apollo, etc.)? You mean Jehovah, don't you? But not just the bipolar sky-daddy, you mean his son...him...son...him...oh, whatever, him too. What about the Muslim parents in the audience? The Buddhist parents? How about we offer a prayer to their Gods, too? We saw how well being inclusive worked out for Olympia this year, didn't we?]
This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, diabolical Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone, except GOD and HIS Commandments.
[Ummm....no. You are to teach the children verified, verifiable, true facts, and leave religion and morality to the church and the parents.]
Nevertheless, as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and students to abide by rules with which they do not necessarily agree. For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at best, and at worst, hypocritical.... I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally. I certainly do not need to add an intentional transgression.
[And you're not praying...I applaud that! You're simply preaching, which is just as bad, if not worse. So, if you intend to abide by rules with which you disagree, shut the hell up or resign already.]
For this reason, I shall "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's," and refrain from praying at this time.
" However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank GOD and ask HIM,in the name of JESUS, to Bless this event, please feel free to do so As far as I know, that's not against the law----yet."
[Oh, there he is. I knew you were talking about junior, too. And it's perfectly fine for the folks in the audience to pray. What's against the law is you turning a football game into a freakin Mass!]
One by one, the people in the stands bowed their heads, held hands with one another and began to pray.
[Awww. How sweet.]
They prayed in the stands. They prayed in the team huddles. They prayed at the concession stand and they prayed in the Announcer's Box!
The only place they didn't pray was in the Supreme Court of the United States of America- the Seat of "Justice" in the "one nation, under GOD."
[Which, as we all know has only been "One nation under (that bipolar sky-daddy) God" since the 1950's.]
Somehow, Kingston, Tennessee remembered what so many have forgotten. We are given the Freedom OF Religion, not the Freedom FROM Religion. Praise GOD that HIS remnant remains!
[There can be no freedom of religion without freedom FROM religon. You are not truly free unless you have the ability to refuse.]
JESUS said, "If you are ashamed of ME before men, then I will be ashamed of you before MY FATHER."
If you are not ashamed, pass this on .
[I'm ashamed that my mother-in-law sent this to me. I won't inflict it on my mailing list.]
I'm still debating the "reply to all" button...it has almost pissed me off enough.