Prayer from a teenager says it all
With each new e-mail that is forwarded, in this daily windmill of sensory overload, the growing sense of skepticism increases.
So many emails are false. False narratives … false author attributions … false sources of publication.
And even the fact-checking agencies – such as the left-leaning Snopes, which claims to be “the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors and misinformation” – cannot be trusted.
Bottom line: take everything you read with a grain of salt.
But, occasionally, a message is transferred via e-mail, that is so well written, so timely, so inspiring that it is not worth the effort to check the authenticity of its attribution. Just focus on the message.
One of those e-mails came across lately … at a time when the mind was spinning over the continued secularization of American society. The Progressive movement has made one issue plainly clear – religion is no longer cool.
To them, there is nothing cool about the traditional religious beliefs – the Judeo-Christian principles on which this country was founded.
One example came last year when the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the state must remove a six-foot tall granite monument of the Ten Commandments from the capitol building in Oklahoma City because it violates the state’s constitution ban against the use of public funds or property to benefit a religion.
To her credit, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin vehemently opposed the court ruling, as did many members of the legislature … but to no avail. As has been witnessed often lately, judges can overrule the will of the people.
In Los Angeles, one of the leftist capitols of the country, there is opposition to the appearance of a small cross in the seal of the County of Los Angeles. The American Civil Liberties Union supports the move, which is still a point of contention.
There are some who contend that even the names of cities like Los Angeles (the City of Angels), San Francisco and San Diego should be changed. All of the names are part of the Spanish history of California – originally established as Catholic missions by early explorers.
The examples of secularization are widespread. The only religion that is safe – within the Progressive movement – is the religion of leftism. It is the pervasive ideology of this segment of America.
So, it is against that backdrop an eye-opening e-mail message was delivered last week. It is attributed to a 15-year-old high school student from Minnesota who submitted it in a writing class. Supposedly the student received a grade of A-minus for the submission.
None of that information could be substantiated. But that doesn’t matter. The message is much more important. The response to the ban on prayer in school:
The New School Prayer
Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.
If scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That’s no offense; it’s a free-
The law is specific; the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God’s name is prohibited by the State.
We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks...
They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.
It’s ‘inappropriate’ to teach right from wrong,
We’re taught that such ‘judgments’ do not belong.
We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.
It’s scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!
Tony Leodora is president of TL Golf Services, host of the weekly GolfTalk Live radio show on WNTP 990-AM and host of the Traveling Golfer television show — as well as editor of GolfStyles magazine. He is former sports editor of The Times Herald. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.