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"New" Pledge of Allegiance

Since the Pledge of Allegiance
The Lord's Prayer
Are not allowed in most
Public schools anymore
Because the word 'God' is mentioned....

A kid in Arizona 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..
They'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!




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Nov. 3rd, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
I've seen that one before. Freaky isn't it? Because it's true. :-\
Nov. 3rd, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
As you probably know I'm not a huge fan of religion, but it's sad when a kid like this is right :( Sometimes it takes the right medium to make people really understand your point of view.
Nov. 3rd, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
Whoever wrote this is a moron. That's my 2 cents. My apologies for offending anyone who feels differently.
Nov. 3rd, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
What a load of exaggerated BS. You can pray in school all you want, as long as the prayers aren't being led during school hours by school officials, who are authority figures acting on behalf of the state in front of a captive audience. Also, what's with the horror at people dying their hair? Hello, the eighties called, they want their issue back. And you bet your ass that if a *teacher* showed up with orange hair they'd be in trouble. And what's with the birth control line? And the stuff about piercings? Does the person who wrote this even go to a public school?
Nov. 3rd, 2007 07:56 am (UTC)
Just a link. Kind of interesting from whichever stand point, on the birth control thing, Maine School Makes Birth Control Pills Available To 11 Year Olds.
Nov. 3rd, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
And why shouldn't they? If the parents don't have enough control over their kids to keep them from messing around at 11, the only thing the school can really do is damage control.
Nov. 3rd, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, but that kind of sucks for the school because they are then stuck between a rock and a hard place. Some parents are happy because the school is taking over their job... and some parents are upset because... the school it taking over their job. I had a whole post on this at some point.
Nov. 3rd, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
Hey, I used to live right down the freeway from there. Anyway, the first two paragraphs of the article:

According to an Associated Press (AP) report, the decision was made in a school committee meeting earlier this week following a request from the school's health centre to make the pills available to children of high school age who were still attending middle school. Officials from King Middle School in Portland, Maine, defended the decision saying it was aimed at a handful of sexually active students. The decision means King will be the first middle school in Maine to offer a full range of contraception to students aged from 11 to 15 (grades 6 to 8), said the Portland Press Herald.

So it's actually for overage students. According to the article, only 5 out of the 134 students report being sexually active, and there have been seven middle school pregnancies in *Portland* in the last four years. This is a very small measure that tries to keep a few older students in very bad conditions from slipping through the cracks. The middle school I volunteer at has some overage middle school parents, too, and they're barely scraping by because they have to spend time taking care of their kids instead of doing homework. This sort of thing does happen, and I think that if offering certain (counseled and screened) students birth control helps, more power to the school for doing it. It's a lot better than letting people's lives be ruined because of a decision they made when they were 15.
Nov. 3rd, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
Well said.
Nov. 3rd, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
110% off topic, but your icon rocks :p
Nov. 4th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
Thanks! I took it at a llama farm near tenthz's parents' house. Llama farms are awesome.
Nov. 4th, 2007 10:08 am (UTC)
I agree, since my parents have one :)
Nov. 3rd, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)
I disagree. For starters, the very premise of it is wrong. The Pledge of Allegiance still starts the day in the majority of public schools. The kids can pray if they want to, as long as faculty and staff aren't involved. Swearing in the classroom is not allowed and isn't used in the hallway any more than it was when we went to school (because if you remember, it was quite prolific in the hallways then as well).

Most schools have a dress code (no showing midriffs, skirts must be a certain length, etc). What type of clothing they use to modestly cover themselves and whether students get piercings, dye their hair, get tattoos... that is between the students and their parents.

Religion is also between the students and their parents. It is not dictated, nor should it be, by the schools. A person hired by the state to teach children must keep their own faith out of the instruction--that is for the religious freedom of students (who, hopefully, see the teacher as an authority figure) and for the legal protection of the teacher.

Do not blame the schools or the government for the fact that some parents (note: not all parents) are not doing their jobs at home. Do not blame schools or the government for the fact that we live in a culture that puts the individual on a pedestal and that the power of the individual is all these kids have ever known. They grew up to the triumph of self esteem and the idea that they have choices (but somehow missed the fact that choices have consequences). Many of them believe that if they don't like something they don't have to do it. They grew up thinking all rules are negotiable.

This poem is meant to rile people up, and it might do that. But it's not True, it does not paint an accurate picture of public schools.
Nov. 3rd, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
I didn't see it as ripping into public schools (or the government?), but more as a piece on the society... on that culture that puts the individual on a pedestal. Something is vitally messed up there, and it is *affecting* public schools, because like you said, the kids there were born into it. They think *everything* is choice and whatever they want to do/say/act on should be okay even if it isn't for someone else... because hey, it's how they feel. Everyone 'has their right'. That's that individual on a pedestal. Somewhere you have to draw a line. Some things are actually not okay regardless of the motive behind them.
Nov. 3rd, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
Some things are actually not okay regardless of the motive behind them.

True. But which of the things listed in the poem are both common and not okay? You can read what you're saying into it if you try hard enough, but the piece is very clearly advocating further Christianizing public schools, which (at least around here) are already chock-full of Christian influence. It does a poor job of it, too -- it's not like Christians don't have sex or get piercings too.

Everyone 'has their right'.

Well, yes, they do. Do you want other people telling you how to dress, talk, and act?
Nov. 3rd, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
I think you are right. The initial premise is incorrect. The majority is not being persecuted; they are being reigned in. Public schools must abide by federal law. And when you get right down to it, laws are in place to protect people from each other. That means the mob does not rule.
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Nov. 3rd, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
I agree! Though to be fair Kwanza isn't religious is it? So they aren't even doing a good job there... But it does seem that most of America is trying to open us up to "religious freedom" when all it means is freedom for the Christian Right. And as far as giving kids condoms or whatever birth control, I'd rather they be able to get them and not use them than need them and not be able to find them anywhere because society deems them too young (which I think they are, but my thinking that won't stop
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