Dad rebuts Nora Treat on god being taken out of schools.

Ah, the type of letters to the editor that get submitted to my hometown newspaper here in Bumblefuck, USA.  Here’s one in the paper today from Nora Treat.

The terrible tragedy that occurred in Connecticut was beyond description, and the ACLU and the atheists who have been responsible for God being taken out of our schools can blame themselves for these senseless tragedies.

Of course, the first thing people talk about is gun control.

Think about it.

All the time I was growing up, Dad had guns in the house.

Living on the prairie in eastern Colorado, we hunted and target-practiced.

I doubt if there was a home in that town that didn’t have at least one gun, and there was never this kind of senseless acts.

But we had God in our schools and in our families.

Life was precious then.

We didn’t murder babies as a form of birth control, and we had a family unit that sat at the table to eat our meals and talk things through.

We started our school day with the pledge to the flag and then a prayer.

We feared God’s wrath and were comforted by Christ’s love.

It’s such a shame that the minority — ACLU and atheists — have taken the country away from the majority.

Why did we let it happen?

There will be more senseless acts until we put God back in our schools and teach our children that life is precious.

What a lovely bunch of stupidity that so happens to be a largely shared opinion around these parts.  Dad couldn’t resist submitting a response to this one.

“…. the ACLU and the atheists who have been responsible for God being taken out of our schools can blame themselves…”

Hmmm… I thought maybe the blame belonged to the judgmental attitudes of Bible-pounding intolerant extremists who God sees as perverters of His truth. Or, maybe to mentally unstable people with ready access to high capacity magazine weapons. Oh, well.

Wait a minute! What is this preposterous “God being taken out of our schools” noise? The ACLU and the atheists haven’t somehow kidnapped God and locked him away from schools. After all, God is everywhere, isn’t he? And an omnipotent God can be anywhere he wants to be, can’t he?

God has not been “taken out of the schools”.

If he had been, how is it that students can still pray in school? Nothing in the Constitution or established jurisprudence prohibits any public school student from voluntarily praying at any time before, during, or after the school day, and students may pray with fellow students during the school day on the same terms and conditions that they may engage in other conversation or speech. They can read scriptures and pray anywhere on school property, including on the bus. Among other things, students may read their Bibles or other scriptures, say grace before meals, and pray or study religious materials with fellow students during recess, the lunch hour, or other non-instructional time to the same extent that they may engage in nonreligious activities. Students may organize prayer groups, religious clubs, and “see you at the pole” gatherings before school to the same extent that students are permitted to organize other non-curricular student activities groups. Such groups must be given the same access to school facilities for assembling as is given to other non-curricular groups.

I think that “God has been taken out of the schools” is a code phrase for “We are not being allowed to use the public schools to indoctrinate all children into our religion, Which, of course, is the ONLY right one.” They are up in arms because their religion does not receive preferential treatment from the state through the school.

“We didn’t murder babies as a form of birth control….” Abortion has been going on as long as there have been unwanted conceptions, including reference in the bible and records from the ancient Greeks and Romans. The only real difference now is that we aren’t having as many women die from them because they are being illegally done on kitchen tables in dirty back rooms with coat hangers and butcher knives. Sex education and ready access to birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancies is the answer, not retribution against desperate women making difficult choices.

“It’s such a shame that the minority — ACLU and atheists — have taken the country away from the majority.” Translated, this means “I am so angry my wants don’t override their rights, the Constitution, and 200 years of established jurisprudence.”

If “God being taken out of schools” is the reason He caused this to happen, what is the excuse for causing all of the abuse of children by pedophiles in churches and the Boy Scouts that He wasn’t taken out of? Does this excuse also apply to malls, theaters, churches, and all the other places where massacres have occurred? What about the hundreds of school shootings before 1962…you know, the ones that anyone would know about who could use Google and type in “history of school shootings”. Why is the reason for all of those different than this excuse?

Spot on.  To use a travesty to secure special treatment for your religion cheapens the lives of those who died and tells me all about your religion that I need to know.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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