Thursday, October 5, 2006

"Hey, Guys, It's God Knocking. Someone Lock the Door."

It seems that certain Maryland school administrators hate Christianity so much, even violating written policies in suppressing it is A-ok:

Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have filed a civil rights lawsuit in defense of the First and Fourteenth Amendment rights of a seventh grader who was allegedly ordered by a Maryland middle school employee to stop reading her Bible during free time at school or face disciplinary action. Institute attorneys have asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to declare that prohibiting students from reading Bibles or other religious texts during their free time is unconstitutional.

On September 14, 2006, seventh-grader Amber Mangum, who was reading a Bible in the school cafeteria during her lunch period, was allegedly approached by an employee working at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School in Prince George’s County, Md. In keeping with school policy, students are allowed to read books or engage in interpersonal communications during non-instructional time at school, including lunch periods. Furthermore, published administrative procedure of the Prince George’s County Public Schools provides that “[s]tudents may read their Bibles or other scriptures, say grace before meals, and pray before tests to the same extent they may engage in comparable, non-disruptive activities.”

. . .the school official informed Amber that reading a Bible was a violation of the school’s policy and warned her that she would be subject to more severe disciplinary action if she were found reading a Bible at school again.

I gleaned two pieces of significant information from this story. One, even reading the Bible during one's free time and without proselytization is off limits. Two, declaring scriptural study against the rules contradicts extant policy.

It's funny how those policies and regulations are impregnable and off the discussion table when parents have complaints about curricula and various programs; but when a given rule conflicts with the prevalent worldview of secular humanism, it exists merely as an obstacle for the hurdling, and is in fact skirted with the greatest of ease.

I have no intent to offend, but it truly is a mystery to me why anyone would subject his child to such an anti-intellectual, anti-God environment. I sympathize somewhat with single mothers who work twelve hour-shifts, with little or no time for homeschooling. But everyone else's logic poses an enigma I haven't solved.

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