Originally Posted by A. Robustus:
It's not about personal offense. It's about a violation of the laws of our country. And the outrage you describe belongs instead to the privileged religious majority in these communities. Apparently you and they believe is that it's ok to break the law and violate the our Constitution because it disagrees with your theocratic whims. The schools were not forced or bullied. The schools simply received one letter informing them that they were breaking the law and the schools agreed. It's ridiculous to suggest with any seriousness that informing a school that they are breaking the law is an attempt to "eliminate religion and any religious expression" LOL. Somehow, you and yours are oppressed for not being able to force a captive audience at a government function to endure a specific religious prayer through the PA even though it's completely against the law and Constitutional protections.
Laws of our country? Let's see now. I have a yearbook from 1939, Chattanooga High School's annual where one page is devoted to the "Bible Club", on that page, about the Bible Club, it says
"Members of this club meet twice a month to enjoy Christian fellowship and lively times. The club is composed of students who have had at least one semester in Bible Study."
It shows a photo of 22 students in a public classroom meeting together. What I find difficult to understand is all these years since the Constitution was written and yet Bible studies and the Bible was allowed in public schools. Bible Classes were actually an elective and taught. Creation was taught in most schools. Many public schools opened their session with prayers being broadcast through the school and the pledge of allegiance being read. Congress, at the time of the constitution, actually providing money in order that Bibles could be published, even though they never were, it wasn't because of the First Amendment or conflict with the Government. All these years, up to the 1960's, Politicians, Congress, all kinds of Judges never found that the First Amendment was being violated but all of a sudden, here in the last 40 years NO mention of God or Religion in School is allowed or anywhere that Government money goes.
How is it that all these judges and all these years never understood or knew the Constitution including many that had something to do with drafting it?
What's changed is that now, today, we have Judges that legislate from the bench. There have been enough secular Judges found and put in place that are willing to change the original intent. If that isn't the case then what happened all those years right after the Constitution was put in effect up to the 1950's that Religion and all this mention of God was not found against the law? How is it that we have "In GOD We Trust" on our money if it was against the First Amendment and the Law.
Many claim that Christians want to change things and change America to make it a theocracy but it is the atheist that have changed the country, not the Christians. The country had to change to suit them. We don't want a theocracy we just would like to have our fundmental rights back where mentioning God is not against the law, where if students want to electively have Bible Study or say a prayer they can without the School being in fear some ALCU or atheist will file some lawsuit. There has been a fundamental change in the country alright but it's not the Christians who caused it. We have had to endure it.