Uncommon Sense

September 30, 2012

GOP Religious Nonsense, Part 12

The Republicans keep beating the drum for ostentatious school prayer.

The 2012 Republican Platform states “We affirm the right of students to engage in prayer at public school events in public schools and to have equal access to public schools and other public facilities to accommodate religious freedom in the public square.”

Right. As if the courts haven’t spoken about what the Constitution allows in the form of formal prayer in public schools. Informal prayer has always been okay, but that isn’t good enough for the GOP. As I have mentioned before the GOP’s understanding of politics is poor and their understanding of religion is even poorer.

Not only does the Constitution establish a separation between church and state (for the betterment of both, by the way), it doesn’t even use the name of God. They aren’t going to find any help there, no matter how hard they try to distort the meanings of words.

These zealots are not at all in favor of Muslim prayers in the schools, or Jewish prayers, or Jannist prayers, or Tibetan Buddhist prayers in their schools. They want Christian prayers and only Christian prayers. Which shows their ignorance of their own religion. I quote from the sixth chapter of Matthew:

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others.


But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Basically Christian doctrine eschews ostentatious praying in favor of praying in private.

The idiots promoting this doctrine keep saying things like “praying in schools has been banned” and “they’ve outlawed praying in schools” or worse, “they’ve outlawed God in schools.” This is patent nonsense, absolutely untrue. Any student who wants to pray, out loud, for all to hear, has a recess period in the morning, a recess in the afternoon, and at least a half an hour at noon to do so. Also, if they are bored in class, they can pray silently for hours and my guess is no one will bother them. One wag put it that those who think there is no praying in school have never observed an algebra test.

Bad politics and bad religion what else can we expect from the self-righteous, posturing, pompous, and sanctimonious GOP?

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