Hearing secularists push for separation of church and state is not exactly surprising, but when they went after a high school principal for merely suggesting the idea of religion in school, it showed just how far liberals were willing to go with their political correctness.
As I discussed in my daily blog, Tommy Craft, a Georgia high school principal, took fire for reading a poem called "The New School Prayer" over the school's intercom the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break. Like clockwork some parents complained saying the poem violated the principle of separation of church and state.
Mr. Craft apologized Monday, saying he wanted not to promote religion but to provoke thought and discussion among students about the changing political climate in school. What nerve.
The New School Prayer," which is not a prayer, points out the irony that exists in the public school system which calls for the distribution of condoms but shuns religion. (After all, not all parents want their kids in an environment that introduces them to a foreign religion. But of course all parents want their kids to learn about sexual techniques from their gym teachers.) You can read the text of the poem in this blog post.
So not only is voluntary, non-religious-specific prayer forbidden in school, but so is the pro-position of it. Just the discussion alone now violates the separation of church and state. Can philosophy teachers now no longer teach the works of controversial figures in history if their writings don't correlate with today's values? Is a history teacher who shares the writings of Malcolm X necessarily a believer of the Nation of Islam?
Of course not. Just as Mr. Craft has not violated anything by suggesting the idea of religion in school. He didn't even go so far as to say he prefers organized prayer in public school, but there were still complaints simply because he suggested the topic for thought and discussion.
So I will take Mr. Craft up on his proposition to his students and make that the subject of this column. I want to talk about prayer in school -- not forced, policy orientated, school-sponsored prayer. I'm talking about students being able to bow their heads or say a silent prayer at the beginning of class, or at lunch, or when time is being taken to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
But liberals (and I feel the necessity to generalize) want God as far away from public school as possible. Not just because they don't believe in God, but because they don't want you doing anything that might exclude them. It's hypocrisy at it's finest. The ACLU and liberal secularists challenge every case of God sneaking into the classroom because it excludes non-believers, but let's look at all the things they don't raise arms about.
When was the last time you heard about the ACLU making a move to end the distribution of meat in school lunches? You don't ever see them catering to the population of people that believes killing animals is wrong and immoral. Many vegetarians can't sit and eat next to someone who's tearing into a bloody steak but their options are limited in that small cafeteria. Perhaps it's time to end Monday Meatloaf Medley.
Less fortunate students find themselves wearing the Wal-Mart collection while their friends don brand name designer clothing. Should we require school uniforms in all public schools so lower-class students don't feel excluded?
Not every child was born to play on the varsity football team, so maybe we should do away with scholastic sports. Otherwise we're excluding those who choose not to try out for the team.
It's easy to bash religion when you don't find yourself in its camp, but at the same time it's hypocritical to say it "excludes" when you can make the same point for the examples I listed above, as well as many others that are rarely if ever debated.