That's right folks, now your kids will have to go to Church five days a week in Glynn County. This is the school system that requires our kids to attend assemblies where they are urged to become born again. You can read all about it here. One step forward, two steps back.
But here's my contention, especially after listening to this 'put God back in schools' nonsense on the radio on my way to work this morning.
We've lost this battle because we've been fighting it wrong. This goes for all us liberals and libertarians out there who realize that, in a plural society, the way you worship may not be the way I worship, if we choose to worship at all. For too long, we have waged a battle that can be too easily spun as a battle against God. That wasn't what we were doing at all, but we never responded adequately to the questions. These people who are for putting prayer in schools don't want students to have the option of prayer, the option of faith, they want to ram it down everyone's throats.
Well that's fine, culture warriors. This is one battle you will lose in the long run.
Remember what I said about all those "non-offensive" laws being written to protect Christian baby-darlins against what I was in high school (long hair, horn-throwing, steel toed boot and black trenchcoat wearing iconoclast)? Well it's time they remembered why.
When they do make this happen, I say let em. The backlash it inspires, if handled correctly, is always better than taking the First Amendment for granted. It will solidify those non-evangelicals and non-practicing into a vocal and thinking minority. Right now, we are seen as enemies of God even though we are not. Well, they are about to be seen as what they are: enemies of America.
When the School Board comes into a classroom and puts up the "In God We Trust" on the walls, there are three ways to respond, IMHO:
1. The Principled Opposition: Cover that sign with a homemade sign that is the text of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. See if the school board makes you take that down, and see how they explain that to the public.
2. The All-Inclusive Opposition: Next to the "In God We Trust" sign, put up a copy of the First Amendment, put up a copy of the "Give unto Ceasar what is Ceasar's and Give Unto God what is God's" verse. Put up "In God We Trust" in Hebrew, put up "there is no god but God" in Arabic, "Ad Astra Per Aspera," just cover the walls in whatever text from every religion says "In God We Trust," and when asked why, say you were just 'covering all the bases.'
3. The Iconoclastic Opposition: In order to fall in line with our new scholastic fatwah, we must have the words "In God We Trust" hanging from the classroom walls. Go buy a poster that is a replica of a $100 bill. Hang it up, front and center. The words "In God We Trust" will be prominent. The meaning behind this symbolism is wild and varied, but you are in line with school policy.
Next Up When they have this inch and decide to take another mile, they will start encouraging children to lead classes in prayer. My suggestion, for all those kids and teachers who don't want to go along with it, it to memorize and speak, loudly and clearly, the words to the First Amendment. Start loudly at first with "Congress Shall Make No Law."