Thursday, May 19, 2005

Our poor confused children -- what a world we live in...

The child can't pray in school. The child can't openly invite friends to church for Vacation Bible School. The child can't share the joy of Christmas in school. The child can't sing his favorite hymn in school. Now, the child can't read his Bible during non class time recess.
::: shaking head :::

What in the world are some people so afraid of? Are they afraid that their notions and thoughts will be challenged and just maybe, they will be left with doubts? Doubts about the very thing they cling to for self preservation and acceptance? Is it because deep down they know they are putting valuable thoughts into something false? Rather than tackle the demon, they run to it -- looking for security? Yes, in most cases, I think so.

I wonder -- if the child in question brought Wiccan, Muslim or Buddhist material -- would this be an issue? Or, in the name of tolerance -- would it be relished and cheered? Why must Christians be the tolerant people, but everyone else can pick and choose?

Normally I'm not one to jump on the "Christians are being persecuted" bandwagon -- but it fits my mood today. What must our Heavenly Father be thinking? What are we doing? What are we teaching? What kind of world are the sweet children growing up in?

I wish I knew the sweet children in this article. I would hug them tightly and say, "Stand tall. You are loved. You are accepted. Be the change you want to see in the world."

Bible study banned on playgrounds

Posted: May 12, 20051:00 a.m. Eastern
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An elementary school principal who barred students from studying the Bible during recess after a complaint from parents is violating the Constitution, according to a public-interest law firm challenging her actions.

In a letter to the Knox County School District in Tennessee, the Alliance Defense Fund declared the principal of Karns Elementary School is on "shaky constitutional ground."
"The Constitution does not prohibit Bibles during recess; it prohibits the wholesale banning of Bibles during recess," said Charles Pope, the ADF-allied attorney who wrote the letter to the district.
"A school official cannot tell a student that he can't bring his Bible to school or study it with friends during non-classroom time," Pope stated.

According to ADF, 10-year-old student Luke Whitson used his regularly scheduled recess time to read the Bible with a few friends on his school's playground. After receiving a complaint from a parent, the principal reportedly ordered the students to stop their activity, put their Bibles away and cease from bringing them to school.

"There are no 'age discrimination' allowances in the First Amendment of the Constitution," said ADF Senior Counsel Joseph Infranco. "The law protects these students the same as it protects all students."
Infranco said children "have rights of speech and association during their non-instructional time, and the school may not curtail those rights because of their age."
Whitson's parents sought legal assistance from Pope, who contends "the law as it pertains to this situation is well settled."

"Students may have religious discussions and Bible study during non-instructional time," he explained in his letter. "The school district should immediately issue a statement addressing the unconstitutional actions and policy and alerting all personnel to permit Luke and other similarly situated students to exercise their constitutional rights."


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