This Wednesday, Christian students across the country will be participating in “See You at the Pole,” where they gather around the schools flagpole and pray. The most important thing to recognize is that it must be a student-led event — even the official website makes that clear:
Staff Members in This Oklahoma School District Plan to Lead and Pray at “See You at the Pole” Events This Week
If This Guy’s the Poster Boy for Golden State Baptist College, I’d Hate to Find Out Who the School is Ashamed Of…
Last week, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the author of Infidel and Nomad and a critic of Islam, spoke at Yale University. It didn’t happen without conflict, though. More than 35 groups, including the Yale Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics signed an open letter expressing their disappointment in the invitation.
The letter asked that Hirsi Ali’s speech be restricted to only her personal experiences (as if Hirsi Ali wasn’t qualified to speak about Islam as a whole) and called for another speaker with “academic credentials” to also be invited (as if Hirsi Ali’s lack of a Ph.D. had any bearing on her message).
Another high school, another football coach who can’t keep his faith to himself.
This time, Tom Brittain (below), the head varsity football coach at Tempe Preparatory Academy in Arizona, told his players to pray after a big victory and joined in with them as well — both of which you’re not supposed to do:
At Least Someone in This Ohio School District Had the Good Sense to Put a Stop to a Staff Email Prayer Chain
At the school I worked at, like many other schools, we would occasionally hear via email about faculty members going through difficult times, especially when it meant they were out of the building for a while. Some staff members might hit Reply All say something consoling, but it was almost always professional. You knew in the back of your head that your emails could theoretically go public at anytime. You were a government employee — that’s how it worked.
At A.I. Root Middle School in Medina, Ohio, to deal with similar issues, the faculty members started an email prayer chain instead. Even the principal participated.
You can see the problem with that. Lots of religion going through a public school, an implicit promotion of Christianity by staff members and administrators, pressure on faculty members to continue the chain before they were seen in a bad light by their superiors…