The recent headline in The Washington Times reads “School prayer charges stir protests” stating a Florida school principal and an athletic director are facing criminal charges and up to six months in jail over a mealtime prayer at Pace High School.
The Pace High School teacher’s handbook asks teachers to “embrace every opportunity to inculcate, by precept and example, the practice of every Christian virtue.” So why has a Federal judge imposed this inane threat—and why has he been allowed to begin this assault on our freedoms without the checks and balances of a democracy?
Ninety miles south of Florida, Guantanamo Bay houses many of the worst terrorists who have waged a bloody war on the US. Their hatred for Americans is beyond measure.
But their “right” to hold daily prayers is accommodated in this Cuban facility with every detail attended to. On the United States Department of Defense website, http://www.defenselink.mil/home/features/gitmo/facilities.html pictures are posted showing arrows painted on the floor in many rooms, pointing the direction to Mecca, the Islam holy city, so the detainees know which way to face when the call to prayer sounds. The call to prayer is broadcast five times a day. During the broadcast, a yellow traffic cone, with a big “P” stenciled on it, is placed at the center of each cell block. This cone signals the guards must be silent while the detainees are praying.
The Establishment Clause in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution does not mention anything about a “separation between church and state.” This phrase came about through a letter written by President Jefferson to the Danbury, Connecticut Baptist Association in January of 1802.
The First Amendment of the Constitution reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” These words established that government would not stand for either an official religion or restrictions on the freedom to practice any such religion.
History shows that the practice of “Christianity” is found to be offensive and unlawful in the majority of religious disputes. Many religious institutions such as Islam, Buddhist, Hinduism, Sikhism, and others are respected and exalted in public and state settings.
Frank Zappa, a forceful but invisible critic of mainstream education and organized religion, was a little known supporter for freedom of speech and the abolition of censorship. Regardless of the famous musician’s insane lifestyle and flare for far out living, he made a succinct statement: “The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.”
A lone Federal judge makes a bad call on a gray constitutional particle—that should make all Americans stand up and roar with objection.
Why Christians? Jesus is controversial. Christianity is seen as a threat. Prayer—to the one true God, stirs up arguments and brings offensive dispute.
Truth carries the sting of hysteria to people who fear their own lies.