Question for the community:
I was recently at my son's 6th grade public school and I came across the following sign posted in the hallway.
It stated: "Want to learn more about Jesus? Come to Mrs. _______'s room Tuesdays during 6th Grade 2nd lunch to learn about Jesus & grow to become more like Him!"
I was immediately concerned about crossing the boundary of the separation of church and state. I sent a letter to the school's principal expressing my concerns but I haven't heard back yet.
My question is whether there is more to a situation like this than me walking through the halls and being offended by it. Not that I want it to or am expecting this to escalate, but are there legal implications to a public school teacher posting a sign in the hallway of a public school to bring students into her class during their lunches to learn to "grow to be more like Jesus"?
What are your thoughts?
Dougibert, the dangers of questioning the powers in the bible belt is a very real thing. I'm the only open atheist in these parts. When the coach of my, eight year old, g-daughters basketball team lead them in prayer, on the court floor, before the first game, I could have fallen off the bleacher. Did I want to say something? You bet your ass. But, do I want my young g-daughter stigmatized for the views of her odd g-mother? Hell no. So, I kept my mouth shut. But, when the same coach/teacher asked for prayers for her family, by text message, (only because a game was postponed due to a death in her family) I politely responded that my thoughts were with her and she was kind enough to thank me and let it go at that.She's one of the very few teachers I like but I can't and won't let anyone believe I'm a theist or that I pray. She's not abrasive with her religion as most people are in this area and she's taught both my g-daughters, at different times, for over six years now.
Sometimes, in these parts, and only for my g-children, I've just gotta adjust. And, the Lucy Fur was very funny.
Dougibert - Lucille Fur. Laughed out loud at that one. Reminds me of the Robert De Niro character in Angel Heart - Mr. Louis Cipher.
Your principal is lieing and also covering, hoping that none of this comes to legal actions. If that happens it appears that the principal wants to be thought of equally well by all even though he allowed it to happen. Politics at its best.
Why do the religious say Jesus was such a nice guy even though he mandated burning non-believers and told people to cut off hands, feet, eyes and sexual organs? What a disgrace. Whoever this teacher is I would put a lawsuit on her.
Be like Jesus.
Does she really know what Jesus is like?What is her fantasy about Jesus.?
Children have enough in which to deal just growing Up.
Maybe she teaches the anatomy & physiology of Jesus.I would like to know if he had testicals & penis.and,did he pee on the side of road.
I would like radio interview her.
What do I know.!!
...Maybe she teaches the anatomy & physiology of Jesus...
I bet that's it! Perhaps it's a class in stage make-up -- you get a beard and Semitic features, maybe some faux piercing of the extremities...
In retrospect, the ideal response to "if a kid wants to start a Lego discussion, he/she can do that too," would be along the lines of, "Great! How about the Junior Muslims then? What about the Young Atheists? I can't wait to tell my nieces/nephews that they can finally get those going......"
Christians always forget about how religious tolerance means OTHER religions too.
To xians, religious tolerance = xian tolerance. I just love asking them about the other versions of heaven, and they say "that's ridiculous". That's where the fun starts.
Other versions of heaven. Well, there are no animals up there (wherever up there is?) even though the old pesterment has spirit animals all over the sky. Live people are up there coz they didn't have to die, and they got translated. (Or beamed or something.) If you need money just dig up the gold streets. (God is really rich, you know.) Everybody has their own mansion, and you can pray the lumber up there to build yours with. (If you do not so this, I guess they just give it to you.)
Why no animals in heaven? They didn't have a spirit, Chumley, and neither do you!
Yes, there is more to it. It is completely inappropriate for them to do such things during school hours, while we are still paying them. It is also somewhat inappropriate for an authority figure affiliated with the school to be involved with this, they should use someone unaffiliated with the school, and outside school hours if they want to do this crap. Don't waste my child's valuable school time, my taxes, or even try to inform my child about it. Inform the parents, leave the children the hell out of it.