Break the Chain The New School Prayer

Created 7/8/2002 (7/8/2002) There's nothing like hot-off-the-presses controversy to give new life to new legends - namely this bit of satire parading as a student's work.

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Since the Pledge of Allegiance and The Lord's Prayer are not allowed in most public schools anymore because the word "God" is mentioned....a kid in Arizona wrote the following 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!

Amen

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This "prayer" was around long before the recent U.S. Federal District Court ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. That ruling has been blocked, pending possible rehearing of the case, but even if it stands, the Pledge would still be allowed in school, but without the phrase "under God" (which was added by Congress in 1954).

There is also no law that prohibits Prayer in school. The supreme court ruling on the separation of church and state simply states that students are allowed to pray if they choose, but that schools (that is, the school's government-paid employees) must not sanction, support or mandate such activity.

As for the origins of the "New School Prayer," its origins go as far back as 1985. The identification of the author as an "Arizona Student" is a recent addition and cannot be verified. Break this Chain!

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Category: Political Ponderings
References: Snopes.com

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