Class Warfare Blog

August 8, 2019

What, Kids Not Allowed to Pray in School? Poppycock!

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, a Republican, commenting on the El Paso mass shooting seemed to place most of the blame for mass shootings on violent video games but also threw in the lament that “we won’t even let our kids pray in our schools.”

WTF? Really? “We won’t even let our kids pray in our schools?”

It has been a long time since I was in school, but we were given multiple opportunities to pray every damned day. We received almost ten minutes per hour prayer time while in high school, plus a one hour prayer break mid-day.

Now these were called “class change times” and “lunch period,” but how much time do prayers take? In a seven period day, like I had in high school, along with lunch there were five breaks when I was not in class I could have used for prayer. This was almost two hours of time! If that is insufficient, then I have to ask what those children are doing in their before school and after school times.

And, any child who showed up only to find an algebra test they were unprepared to take will tell you that you can also pray right there is class . . . as long as you do it silently.

Now, if the esteemed Lt. Governor is talking about ostentatious group or mass praying, well that is strictly forbidden by scripture.

Prayer
5 “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. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 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. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:5-15

Now I suspect that the honorable Lt. Governor is actually one of those hypocrites, wanting public displays of praying as part of a marketing plan to expand his religion. I am sure that God would not approve (God is Love, etc.).

17 Comments »

  1. I wonder how many ”Christians” are actually aware of this verse?

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    Comment by Arkenaten — August 8, 2019 @ 10:42 am | Reply

    • It’s like a lot of other verses — if it crimps their style, they ignore it. If it supports their personal beliefs, they promote it. Kinda’ like politicians.

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      Comment by Nan — August 8, 2019 @ 11:19 am | Reply

    • And … would it matter?

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 8, 2019 @ 11:27 am | Reply

  2. You have a point.

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    Comment by john zande — August 8, 2019 @ 1:07 pm | Reply

  3. I was in public school in the 50s and 60s. I never remember anything but a moment of silence after the pledge of allegiance…and no one ever made any fuss about that. This was all before the New Christian White Supremacy Anti Science cult come into the picture.

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    Comment by maryplumbago — August 8, 2019 @ 1:39 pm | Reply

    • Yep, for them enough privilege is never enough.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 10, 2019 @ 1:24 pm | Reply

  4. So happy you mentioned that surprise algebra test. No, I had zero need of any prayer during my high school days, many others did though.
    I also am very happy you posted what Jesus is supposed to have said about prayer. it IS supposed to be 100% private. All these fake prayers after a mass shooting, hey us ‘Merikkkans do that better than every other nation, or before some game about to be played.
    Superstition, holding humanity back for thousands of years, but now losing its not so firm grip.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — August 8, 2019 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, all of those politicians should be saying “Our public thoughts and private prayers are going out to you.” But then my should they pray to the victims? Shouldn’t they be praying to their god? And why are they sad. All the Xians are up there with Jesus and the evil ones are in Hell where they belong, so all should be good, no? (It is a sin to commit suicide to go join Jesus, but not to be shot by a stranger, no?)

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 10, 2019 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

  5. Anything will be said in an attempt to take the focus of of the real issue that is guns.

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    Comment by sklyjd — August 8, 2019 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

    • Yep. The NRA says it best: “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” So the NRA argues that people should not have guns because, you know, they kill other people with them. I trust the NRA in these cases.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 10, 2019 @ 1:28 pm | Reply

  6. There is, of course, nothing stopping kids from praying in school. Just do it silently. As you said, what Patrick wants is an ostentatious public display so he can show everyone how “holy” he is.

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    Comment by grouchyfarmer — August 8, 2019 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

    • Can you imagine the hooting and hollering if that guy got his way? His chest would probably get bruised from all of the chest beating it would have to endure.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 10, 2019 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

  7. Patrick the politician has been reelected. Sorry about that, but at least no more of his goofy commercials showcasing his boots and pick up truck. Organized prayer in schools and at school related athletic events still happens. What passes for thought in Texas is often murky shallow water.

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    Comment by Bill — August 9, 2019 @ 9:26 am | Reply

    • I wonder if they were allowed organized school prayers, but based upon a population survey, would they go for that? So, if 10% of the people in the school district were Muslims, that 10% of the organized prayers would have to be to Allah, etc.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 9, 2019 @ 9:28 am | Reply

      • Sure, but 5 times each day. Otherwise, they’d be a bunch of Islamaphobes.

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        Comment by Bill — August 9, 2019 @ 9:31 am | Reply

        • Were on, I’ll send the idea to the Texas State legislature!

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — August 9, 2019 @ 9:44 am | Reply


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