Prayer from a teenager says it all

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LIVING - Tony Leodora Colum­nist

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-

dom scene.

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 tl­go­lf­ser­

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