2.10.2005

Guest Blogger Annamaria: Are Christians actually giving in? No more prayer in public schools?

Get used to my little guest blogger Annamaria. She'll be filling in for me when I'll be on the sandy beaches of somewhere or another in a couple of weeks.

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Am I the only one that thinks it ironic that Virginia, swiftly emerging as America’s most puritanical and retrograde state, was named after a woman who never married but instead kept a steady succession of lovers?

Apparently, Virginia is looking to amend its Statute for Religious Freedom to allow prayer in schools. Yeah, I know, it’s an old debate, but it’s taken an interesting turn. You see, there are Christians opposing it!

The whole shit-storm started when Del. Charles W. Carrico, Sr. spoke at a local high school about the dangers of drinking and driving, and he was criticized for using a David and Goliath analogy about overcoming adversity. Apparently, the criticism was about using religious speech in schools, and not how fucking weak his analogy was. So, Del. Carrico did was any sane person fundie would do, and decided that his personal slight was best remedied by overturning the secularism of which Virginia Constitution author Thomas Jefferson was so fond.

And here is where it gets interesting:

Committee member Del. David B. Albo, R-Fairfax, said he worried that Carrico's proposal would allow Muslims to preach "jihad against Christians" in public schools.

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"One of the reasons why you're not allowed to give that David and Goliath speech to kids is that we don't want that jihad speech to be given to kids," Albo said.

Oh, is that the reason? See, here I was thinking that the First Amendment prohibits government endorsement of religion, and that is why the Supreme Court has consistently ruled that organized school prayer is unconstitutional. But I guess I was wrong; the real reason is that authors of the Constitution looked 200 years into the future and decided to save us all from the jihad-preachin’ Muslims.

The linked article also notes that at the same meeting the Privileges and Elections Committee approved a measure to amend the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriages.

[Via Jesus’ General, who also has the full text of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.]


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at Thursday, February 10, 2005 2:56:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But I guess I was wrong; the real reason is that authors of the Constitution looked 200 years into the future and decided to save us all from the jihad-preachin’ Muslims."


In much the same way that they were able to miraculously foretell the existence of Uzi's and AK47s in the hands of psychopaths when they wrote the second, eh?

It's almost like they were time-travelling lizards or something! ;)

 
at Thursday, February 10, 2005 3:42:00 PM Blogger annamaria said...

Ah, I see David Icke is posting anonymously again :)

 

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