Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Because this really annoys me....
When I dropped my son off at the junior high this morning, and my daughter at the high school, I couldn't help but notice the groups gathered around the flag poles at both schools. In case some of you are unaware, today is See You At The Pole Day, and that means Christian students and teachers gather around the flag pole of their respective schools to pray and "fight" for their right to pray on taxpayer land.
And... of course, they are completely missing the point.
See, they're doing it under the mistaken notion that their faith is somehow under attack because they aren't allowed to officially pray in school. They aren't allowed to have that moment after the pledge of allegiance to have someone lead a prayer over the loudspeakers, or before a football game, etc, etc.
And they think that means they are being persecuted.
Here is what is actually happening. They aren't being prevented from praying in school or at school sanctioned events because they're Christian. They're being prevented from doing it because school districts are unwilling to allow other faiths the same right and access.
In other words, Christians can't have officially sanctioned school prayer because Buddhists can't have officially sanctioned school chants, and Muslims can't have officially sanctioned calls to prayer throughout the day for interested students, and Wiccans can't have officially sanctioned circles...
Are you getting my drift? It isn't the government that's doing this. It's the school districts. Because... if they let one faith group do their thing, then they have to let them all do their thing. If they allow Christians to proselytize, then they have to allow all of them to proselytize. If they allow Christians to pass out Bibles, they have to allow Muslims to pass out Korans, Jews to pass out Torahs, Wiccans to pass out Redes... you see?
If you allow one group to do it, you have to allow them all. And school districts aren't prepared to have hysterical parents calling in because little Johnny brought home a Koran, or little Susie wants to go dance naked in the city park under a full moon at the next Sabbat. Hysterical Christian parents. Because, of course, the only true religion is Christianity, never mind that none of you can get your messages straight or even decide which one of your many, many denominations is the actual true faith.
So, my dear Christian friends, your rights aren't being trampled on. ALL of us are having our rights trampled on... because of you. Because you think you're more equal than us. So basically, you're doing it to yourselves, and dragging the rest of us along with you. And you know what? We're kind of tired of that. So stop. Just stop. And get over yourselves. Because you don't see any of us at the schools, demanding the right to practice our faith, or not practice a faith, on the school grounds. We're not there demanding those rights because we're perfectly happy to have the schools teach math, science, reading, history... you know, all the stuff the schools are supposed to be teaching? And treating all our kids equally, no matter their ethnic origin, gender, religion, etc, etc? That's part of the separation between the church and the state that Christians apparently don't quite grasp. So, we're happy that there isn't religion in schools because it doesn't belong there.
So stop freaking out over the non-existent persecution. The rest of us would like to be left in peace.