The local daily newspaper has a section wherein it publishes letters from readers. Generally, the letters are commentaries on current events, but least a couple of times a week someone writes in espousing their religious views. Today's ditty is a real gem. There are floods, fires, hurricanes and tornadoes because - get this - prayer isn't allowed in public schools. I supposed those things never happened at any time in history prior to the U.S. Supreme Court enforcing the First Amendment. That's not the kicker of the letter, though. The final sentence is a doozy. It reads: "Congress has the power to put Bible-reading (sic) and prayer back in our public schools and restore God's blessings to our nation." It's signed by some fundamentalist nut named Ercil. I reckon back when good ol' Ercil walked to school, uphill both ways, in the snow and barefoot and them damn coloreds had their own school, he was too busy praying and learning about the buybull to have paid any attention in Civics or U.S. Government. Otherwise, he'd have known that not only does Congress NOT have the power to "put Bible-reading (sic) and prayer back in our public schools," it is strickly forbidden from doing so pursuant to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Anytime I see this, the same questions always come to mind. If prayer for school children is so important to our buddy Ercil, why doesn't he have little Dipshit Ercil, Jr. pray BEFORE he leaves the house to go to school? What is it about prayer that is apparently so important to these douches that they feel it must be done in school, but it's not so important that they should do it before heading out of the house into the big, bad world?

Next question: Why does Ercil and his ilk believe it is the responsibility of the public schools perpetuate their religious beliefs on children? Why isn't their church a good enough forum?

They always have some bullshit response about skydaddy's blessings and curses and shit like that, but never any real answers. I'm not asking about what their skydaddy wants or doesn't want. I'm asking why they feel that public schools are the forum for their religious practices as opposed to their own homes or their churches. Hell's bells, they build their massive mega-churches and yet for some reason, that's not enough.

Here's a deal for you, Ercil. If you won't pray in my school, I won't think in your church.

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Comment by Reverend Slim / Michael Ham on August 24, 2008 at 7:31am
Damn...if we could get prayer back in the more floods? And I suppose if we could "straighten out" all the gays, convert all the atheists and rid the country of all those "other" coins would fall from the fucking sky.....from "skydaddy"...I love that moniker!

The mind (I use the term loosely) thought process (again, I use the term loosely) of Ercil is the defining basis for my personal tenet of anti-theism. I am an atheist in that I don't believe that "skydaddy" exists and I am an anti-theist in that I believe that religion is a roadblock in the path of rational thought.
Comment by Ruth Dickson on August 23, 2008 at 7:26pm
"I won't think in your church."
Isn't that a requirement for attendance?
Comment by Oh-Oh-Oreo on August 23, 2008 at 5:08pm
I can keep my word...only because I won't be at Ercil's church. He's probably some snaggle-toothed snake handler anyway. :)



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