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A small boy writes a letter to God….

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….. “Dear God, why do you let bad things
happen in our schools?” God replied, “Dear Son, I am not allowed in your
schools.”
 
This has been making the rounds in my facebook news feed.  It usually has a little disclaimer behind it that says, “If you aren’t ashamed of Jesus copy and paste this as your status.  If you are ashamed of Jesus he will be ashamed of you.”  I always hated that disclaimer even when I was a die hard Christian.  It’s the Christianese equivalent to, “You’d better be loud and proud or burn in hell.”  Lovely sentiment.
The latest one of these to appear in my news feed was followed in the comments by this:

“I sent my children to a Christian school except
one yr, lovely daughter was in 5th grade and adorable son was in 2nd. Adorable son was accustomed
to bringing his Bible and studying it daily in private school. One day
in 2nd grade at Small Town, Bible Belt, USA Elem, he brought his Bible and was told by
Ms. Teacher O’the Year to never bring it again. Perhaps the latest issue of Maxim
would have been acceptable. He is now a Junior at Shelter Christian Kid School after a
brief stint in Big Town High School, Bible Belt, USA. I can’t imagine a teacher telling a child to
never bring a Bible back to school. But alas, someone might have been
“offended” by it. Political correctness in full force.””

Christians like to toss this around a lot. God has been kicked out of school.  He’s been asked to get out of our country and that’s why everything’s going to hell in a hand bag.  God is a gentleman.  He won’t go where He’s not wanted.  I don’t know where people get this from.  I can’t seem to find it anywhere in the Bible.  In fact I see in the Bible God going all kinds of places He’s not invited.  Canaan comes immediately to mind. 

First of all, if I remember correctly, God is supposed to be everywhere.  To my knowledge there is no force more powerful than the supposed Christian God.  He can do what he wants, where he wants, when he wants. Somewhere along the way sin became His kryptonite.  Apparently it freezes Him.  He can’t be in it’s presence; He can’t even look at it.  The only fix I’m aware of is innocent blood.  The one with the innocent blood sees everything.  He’s watching your every move.  Creepy.

Secondly Christian students can pray to God whenever they want to.  Who can stop them?  No one.  So God hasn’t been removed from school.  The only way he could be removed from school is to remove the Christians from it.  I don’t know why Christians think that because there’s not an adult-led organized prayer/Bible study that they can’t talk to their God.  On the other hand if there were an adult-led Islamic prayer/Bible study these Christians would be the ones screaming the loudest that there should be separation of church and state and that the adults who are not the students’ parents shouldn’t be allowed to influence them religiously.  They really need to consider what they’re asking.  That could be a very slippery slope. 

Thirdly since this is Small Town, Bible Belt, USA everyone knows everyone.  I know Ms. Teacher O’the Year.  She’s a Christian.  I wasn’t there, mind you.  But knowing what I know about the public school system here and about the teacher(whom I know very well) I can say with little doubt that adorable son wasn’t asked not to bring his Bible back to school unless he was being disruptive with it.  Maybe he was preaching on the playground.  Maybe he was paying more attention to the Good Book than his school books.  I don’t know, but he wasn’t asked not to bring it back for politically correct reasons.  Around here it would be politically incorrect to ask the boy not to bring his Bible.  I have a feeling there’s more to the story.

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10 thoughts on “A small boy writes a letter to God….

  1. Glad I don't live in the Bible Belt. Good points in this post. ~Becky

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  2. "Dear God, why do you let bad things happen in our schools?" God replied, "Dear Son, I am not allowed in your schools.":: facepalm ::Did it ever occur to these people that not everyone in the universe is a fundamentalist Christian?

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  3. I could be dead wrong about this, especially given that I do not know the teacher or the town, but I think it is entirely possible that Ms. Teacher O'the Year told adorable son not to bring the Bible to school, despite her being a Christian. Having caught an occasional "Jay Seculo(sp?) Live" show on the radio, who is a high-profile Christian-civil-rights lawyer, it seems that there is often quite a confusion in some places regarding the separation of church and state, so the knee-jerk reaction is to not allow any of it in schools. She may have just been doing what she had been told to do, or acting according to what she understood that separation to mean.Of course, you and I know that the Bible has content which, if put in movie form, would be rated R, or even NC-17, and thus inappropriate for a 2nd grader to have exposure to. But because it's in the Bible, Christian parents turn the other way.I had always thought that iron chariots were God's kryptonite, given that in Joshua 17 and Judges 1 they caused God considerable difficulties in clearing out Canaan. ;-)You are all too right about the Islamic prayer perspective. Most Christians are only concerned with religious liberties as it applies to Christianity, and get outraged by another religion doing the same things they already do. With a growing Muslim population in the US, the Christians would be wise to push for stronger separation of church and state than ever before.

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  4. The Wise Fool,Very good point about maintaining church/state separation. I personally am concerned about civil liberties being curtailed in deference to religious beliefs. In regards to the growing Muslim population, we should all be concerned about how Sharia law is being enforced in America. Women have still not entirely overcome our history of oppression on this planet. We don't need to step further back into it.

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  5. I recently saw a similar post on Facebook. The person affirmed her belief in Jesus Christ, that she is proud to be a Mormon, and that she was challenging everyone to copy and post the same thing "because the Bible says if you're ashamed of God, he'll be ashamed of you."I'm half tempted to post the opposite, that I don't believe in Jesus Christ, that I'm not a Mormon, and that people shouldn't be ashamed to claim the title "Atheist" because otherwise, smart people will be ashamed of them. My guess is all the believers would find that offensive. Funny how it would never occur to them that their affirmation of faith is no different than my affirmation of no faith.

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  6. @Becky,Thanks for stopping by. I've checked out your blog, too. Nice work. I've always loved living here, and I still do, but it is pretty religious around here. And they take it very,very seriously. Which is as it should be if you're going to be religious. I'm just not anymore so I'll have to find a way to cope.===============================================@Ahab,No.===============================================@TWF,I've listened to a bit of that Jay Seculo(sp?) too. So it is possible, but the school teachers around here really don't get that kind of pressure; especially ten years ago. I really am thinking there was more to that story than that snippet. Considering the growth rate of the Muslim faith I think Christians would be well served to champion the cause of separation of church and state. They really do seek a double standard with regards to religion in schools and religion in government all together. They want to push their religious agenda so badly they're not considering what might happen if/when they're outnumbered.===============================================@DoOrDoNot,Good point about the Muslims and Sharia Law. It's really scary to think about it. ================================================@CD,What makes them a good Christian makes you a militant Atheist. Go figure! ::facepalm::

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  7. I'm a huge proponent of school choice. Then these issues don't have to arise in the first place. Return a good portion of tax money to the parents, and let them use it to choose their children's education. "Liberal libertarians arise." :)I have to agree that we cannot have adult led prayer, and Bible study in the public schools. Our culture is so diverse. How would Christian parents feel about equal time being given to the study of the Qur'an, or public prayer led by Wiccans? It would be an impossible situation for everyone, and would surely end in a violation of the separation of church and state.Rebecca.

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  8. @Rebecca,I believe in the provision for the separation of church and state very strongly. Nobody wants their children influenced religiously in directions they aren't comfortable with. Christians, Muslims, Jews, among many others wouldn't want the influence of those respective religions on their children. I can remember as a little girl in fifth grade that a little boy had to excuse himself and stand in the hallway everyday while the Pledge of Allegiance was recited. He was Jehovah's Witness. Even denominations within the supposedly same religion don't tolerate each other well.I'm still not sure how I feel about those school vouchers. That seems to open up a whole 'nother can of worms.

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  9. "Dear God, why do you let bad things happen in our schools?" God replied, "Dear Son, I gave you free will and your parents keep voting Republican."

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  10. @Retief,Hahahaha! Exactly! What in the world happened to the Republicans? There was a time when they were the voice of reason…now they're just…well…Michele Bachmann says it all!

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