Well Principal Tommy Craft of Cedar Shoals High School, which is virtually next door to my house, read some internet spam (BugMeNot) to the students last week. And it wasn’t cool spam like “buy a diploma from a real non-accredited college” or “these pills will make you larger.” No it was stupid fundy/theocrat spam. You know, the kind of spam where a court decision against Christians forcing their religion on people is turned into persecution of Christians, the kind of spam where reality goes out the window, the kind of spam that contains no ounce of fact. Many of you have probably already seen the trash he read.
New School Prayer
Now I sit me down in school Where praying is against the rule For this great nation under God Finds mention of Him very odd.
If Scripture now the class recites, It violates the Bill of Rights. And anytime my head I bow Becomes a Federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green, That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene. The law is specific, the law is precise. Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall Might offend someone with no faith at all. In silence alone we must meditate, God’s name is prohibited by the state.
We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks, And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks. They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible. To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen, And the “unwed daddy,” our Senior King. It’s “inappropriate” to teach right from wrong, We’re taught that such “judgments” do not belong.
We can get our condoms and birth controls, Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles. But the Ten Commandments are not allowed, No word of God must reach this crowd.
It’s scary here I must confess, When chaos reigns the school’s a mess. So, Lord, this silent plea I make: Should I be shot, my soul please take!
It’s one think for uneducated dolts to pass this around the internet. It is another thing for high school principal to read this to students because he should know better. His school begins with a moment of “silence” every day. He should know that students can pray in public schools. This serious problem with this poem is that is sends the wrong message to kids about their rights as students.
On their own time, students can pray, read scripture, post the 10 commandments in their locker, etc. Apparently, the principal isn’t part of the reality-based community.
Even beyond that if I were a student with no religion, a child, colored hair, piercings, non-standard dress, or birth control, I’d be offended that the principal is sending the message that I am somehow less of a citizen. Perhaps, the final part is the worse of all. Essentially, the principal told his students that they should be afraid of being shot while at school. Not cool!