Fw: Fwd: Written by 15yr. old

Sent: 4/13/2009 4:11:39 P.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: Written by 15yr. old

Written by a 15 yr. old School Kid in Ohio :

New Pledge of Allegiance (TOTALLY AWESOME!)

Since the Pledge of Allegiance & The Lords Prayer

Are not allowed in Schools anymore

Because the word 'God' is mentioned...

A Kid in Ohio wrote the attached...

NEW School prayer :

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights..
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the state.

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks..
The y've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!

If you aren't ashamed to do this,
Please pass this on.
Jesus said,
'If you are ashamed of me,
I will be ashamed of you before my Father.'

Not ashamed. Pass this on.


Anonymous said...

I must teach in the only public school system that still does the Pledge everyday.

Anonymous said...

I have several friends who are teachers, and I hear that schools can be quite chaotic, plus parents often don't show respect for the school, the teachers or admin. That ends up in the students being disrepectful, etc.

However, I doubt that having public displays of prayer are going to make much difference.

The only answer that seems to be offered by the christian right is to pray more and ram their religion down everyone's throat.

I think there's a place for intelligent discourse about encouraging respect and courtesy and kindness and responsibility and real maturity, etc, without having it heavily tied to any religion.

And again: why does prayer have to be so PUBLIC??? These kids can pray all day if they want. What's wrong with it being silent and private? Does god not hear them unless they are making a public spectacle out of themselves?

Does not compute...

Anonymous said...

Maybe someone should tell this poor suffering martyr that he can pray all he damn well pleases in school. He can sit there in his seat and [pray every day, every hour, before and after school and at lunch if thats what he wants. It just can't come from a teacher and it can't be compulsory. Simple stuff.

I never understood this argument for prayer in school, how people think that somehow if you get kids to pray for a minute a day it will magically transform them into perfectly moral and religious citizens. Its not a magic spell, its just some words which may or may not have a meaning to a person.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be great if we as a country were called to prayer five times a day?

Anonymous said...

I'm old enough to come from the days of the Pledge every day and often the Lord's Prayer, as well, esp at assemblies and such.

By the time I got to Jr. High I already felt uncomfortable w/the Lord's Prayer being essentially compulsory bc there were a lot of Jewish kids in my school district. By High School I sat down w/them out of respect and refused to say that prayer in school. It wasn't right then, and it's not right now, esp bc there is even more religious diversity (and those with no faith) today.

I never felt that praying in school made it any better or made the kids more respectful or whatever. There was still lots of what would be considered "bad behavior," such as skipping school, doing drugs, whatever.

I certainly don't see prayer and saying the Pledge as suddenly causing teenagers to grow up and be mature.

It might help, though, if the nasty shouting disrepect of the rightwing media was toned down considerably, and rightwingtards debated the left respectfully.

Now that's a change I can believe in!!! But yeah: dream on 'till hell freezes over.

Final comment: such people need to look in the mirror and improve their own behavior first. Simply praying to jeebus to "make" everyone else comply with some rule or another will not make one whit of difference.

Anonymous said...

"We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.."

Yeah, spoken like a true 15-year-old.

"We spend all day on the computer and don't take out the trash,
We always want money for expensive sneakers when they have perfectly reasonable tennis shoes at Peebles..."

Marc with a C said...

Yeah I call BS on this one. Unless it's a homeschooled little twit, this sounds a lot more like the ramblings of a disgruntled winger who only knows about what goes on in public school from right-wing forwards and Fox News.

As for outlawing guns...who ISN'T in favor of making gun ownership and possession mandatory by all students when on school grounds?

Colleen said...

Actually, Jesus said not to pray out loud. He wanted it to be a private, personal thing, not showing off.

Also, I second the BS detector. This bit of doggerel was written by a disaffected mom.

Celia said...

I'm pretty sure I've seen this attributed to various idiots, so it's one of those.

Marc with a C said...

Maybe it was Bill Cosby. He sure seems to get a lot of credit around here.

Anonymous said...

To Marc: WIN!!! LOL... yeah, most likely it was that darned Bill Cosby AGAIN!! ha ha

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