And of course over 100 students walked out. Nice to see I’m not the only putting up with the religious bullshit.
Between calculus and European history classes at a West Virginia public high school, 16-year-old Cameron Mays and his classmates were told by their teacher to go to an evangelical Christian revival assembly.
When students arrived at the event in the school’s auditorium, they were instructed to close their eyes and raise their arms in prayer, Mays said. The teens were asked to give their lives over to Jesus to find purpose and salvation. Those who did not follow the Bible would go to hell when they died, they were told.
The Huntington High School junior sent a text to his father.
“Is this legal?” he asked.
The answer, according to the U.S. Constitution, is no. In fact, the separation of church and state is one of the country’s founding basic tenets, noted Huntington High School senior Max Nibert.
“Just to see that defamed and ignored in such a blatant way, it’s disheartening,” he said.
Nibert and other Huntington students staged a walkout during their homeroom period Wednesday to protest the assembly. More than 100 students left their classrooms chanting, “Separate the church and state" and, “My faith, my choice.”
Wow. Wonder if they could have been a little more brazen about it? Good grief. Also makes me wonder just how stupid and ignorant the school admin is for allowing that. Did the civics/government teacher sign off on it? Hell, do they even teach civics/government in schools anymore? Anyway, how many of those super-geniuses are aware that by allowing that Christian gathering, they opened the door to allowing any other religious group to hold a similar gathering? And THESE are the people responsible for teaching our children? Ugh… (face palm)…
Edit to add: Hmmm… Too bad we live so far away from West Virginia. My wife could book a gathering at the school to teach the students about Paganism and how Christianity “borrowed” so many of its customs and stories.
I think this has had a surprising effect. People in my home town were protesting outside of the churches. Maybe there will be a movement to shut the religious idiots up to where they can’t spread their bullshit.
Thing is, if they want to stand on a corner somewhere with a sign and megaphone and, “Praise the Lord,” then so be it. People can walk around them and ignore them easily enough. But, for fuck’s sake, keep their sermons out of the schools! It should be STRICTLY up to the PARENTS of each individual child to decide what religion to teach (or NOT teach) their child. The school/government has NO BUSINESS taking it upon itself to expose children to such things. Thing is, I personally have no problem with (most) people “of faith”. Moreover, I have no problem being around whatever ceremonies they might practice. It’s actually interesting to me at times. But it really annoys the piss out of me when these individuals/groups start talking about how THEIR particular religion should be the one under which people should live. That is about the only time you will see me going full “offense/attack mode” on a “believer”. Otherwise, we be cool.
Are Jesus-followers the only subset of superstition-based belief systems that exhibit said behaviour regarding beliefs in other non-overlapping or partially overlapping superstitions, or the lack thereof?
Damn good point, of course. But it always seems the Christian sects are typically the most vocal/demanding, with (I suppose) Muslims being next in line. From what I’ve usually noticed, most of the other religions create a stir only as a matter of “push-back” when the Christians/Muslims start blatantly stepping over lines. (Personal opinion.)
OK. Your original statement was quite one-sided, so it had to be clarified. Yes, Jesus-followers are quite vocal(*), as are the adherents of the latest major branch of the abrahamitic religions. But what confused me was that you made it seem like the Jesusians are unique in this regard. However, lacking relevant multi-religious cultural understaning, I do not stand on firm ground in countering this, but I suspect that in other culture spheres, the situation might be more or less the same, with Jesusianism substituted with other instances of superstition-based cultural beliefs.
(*) in the traditionally Jesus-dominant parts of the world
No wonder there is crime in the streets. The Brazen hoodlums today refuse to fall in line and respect the authority of their teachers who know best. They should have all been rounded up and arrested for their disobedience. To hell with free education I say! If you don’t want to pray to God in a Christian nation, you can pay for your own school. Expell the lot of them and lets get back to God, Country, the American Flag, and the Basics of a good education with God in our classrooms. There is no reason at all our good Christian children should be exposed to these hoodlums. Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14.
Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Matthew 12:30