No, the thread title (In this case...) isn't the official policy of Iran or the worldview of homicidal maniacs who fly airliners into buildings filled with moms and dads who leap out of their offices on fire.
It's the demands of a no less contemptable zealot.....a brainwashed thug posing as a Tennessee school boy.
After Christmas break in early 2002, (pagan) India said three boys chased her down a hall at Horace Maynard Middle School, grabbed her by the neck and said, "You better change your religion or we'll change it for you."
Seems the young girl (14 year old India Tracy, whose parents profess a belief in paganism) didn't care to tag along to see ol' Baptist pastor Gary Beeler's "fire and brimstone for kids" 'sermon'.......on a field trip in which this PUBLIC school spokesman was quick to point out "We do not endorse, promote or prohibit it," (school spokesman Wayne Goforth). Sounds to me like letting kids off of school for a day is IMPLICIT promotion
Every year, hundreds of Union County students take a field trip for the soul. Children are excused from class, loaded onto school buses with teachers and sent to a three-day Christian revival.
Gotcha, Wayne. I'm sure the whole school has Rosh Hashana off too. Goforth and lie your ass off no more.
More proof of the gross fraud and sometimes less than covert smugness that Bible-thumpers (or in this case, 'Christian' terrorists) have towards "not promoting" their agendas in public schools.....in communities where anyone who doesn't 'get on board' with the majority is instantly singled out ("Youre more than welcome to wait in the hall while we pray, dear!").
And to make sure
that fundie 'Christian' agenda is easily available in public schools, the far right wingers IN
today's Republican Party (a fact many of you moderate GOPers just won't bring yourself to believe), the 'party of less government' has created....more government. An entire new layer of bureaucracy just to make sure no one is saying 'Christians' can't use the cafeteria after hours.
For the first time, federal law requires school districts to prove that they have no policy stifling court-protected prayer by students or teachers. Those that don't comply risk losing a share of elementary and secondary school money totaling $23 billion.
Initial responses, due April 15, showed some states had dozens of schools out of compliance; other states failed to reply at all.
But leaders in those states say paperwork problems, not trouble over prayer policies, accounted for the delay. Most of the more than 15,000 school districts have since certified they follow the law, and federal officials seem content the states have shown good faith.
That's right. The Federal Government is now mandating through the same bureaucracy right wingers went apesh*t over for decades that schools prove beyond a doubt that Preacher Gary, just like the Army recruiters and the Blood Drives, can waltz into a public school and wiggle snakes whenever he goddamned pleases.
It is one of the more frightening realities of life in America in 2003 that, as our military and intelligence services fight tirelessly to keep us free from foreign oppressive maniacs marching in the name of God, within our own borders the same people are flexing their muscles to create the American theocracy they've dreamed of for years.