Complaint from Atheist Group Leads to Prayer Ban at School
A Massachusetts school district announced that it will no longer allow public prayers at high school graduations after pressure from a large atheist organization.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation posted a letter it received from a Massachusetts school district promising that they will not allow any more public prayers at graduations and other public events. Canton School District Superintendent Jennifer Fischer-Mueller sent the letter, dated September 5, 2018, in response to a complaint from the FFRF. She told them, â€śRegarding your letter of June 29, 2018, I am writing to confirm that steps have been taken to ensure that there will be no prayers of religious rituals as a part of any school ceremony (e.g. graduation) or any other school-sponsored event.â€ť...
A Psalm message from GOD for the "Atheist group" and the Massachusetts school district involved.
Psalm 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. 2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. 3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge?"
Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,"
The public school near where I live still has public, institutionalized prayer every day. Because this is a VERY Baptist area, no one has filed a complaint yet - and all it takes is one to shut down the whole thing. There is only one other school in the nation that I know of that does this and it's also in Mississippi. I don't suspect it will be very long before both of them have to change their policy.
â€śSo, if you're going to have prayers you had better have Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and perhaps several other groups if you would want to make the people of my old high school happy.â€ť Iâ€™m not the least bit interested in making â€śthe peopleâ€ť happy, Jim, and neither should you be. If I were, I would get far more opportunities to preach, and people wouldnâ€™t leave and never come back after I do preach. â€śFor do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christâ€ť (Galatians 1:10). If America had some MEN in the pulpit and in government after World War II, we wouldnâ€™t be in the mess weâ€™re in today. Instead we had a pack of pandering, pussyfooting, pusillanimous pukes who were more interested in pleasing men than pleasing God. Men, in other words, like the stomach-turning Joel Osteen and your hero the traitor Obama. God give us some Elijahs before we go the rest of the way down the tubes!
Dear Mr Lincoln, You find yourself in full ageeement not only with the atheist FFRF, but also with the â€śSatanic Templeâ€ť organisation, which I believe, used this argument to oppose the 10 Commandments monument in, was it Oklahoma, Iâ€™m not sure, and thereby to have their own blasphemous statue there as well, if they could not stop the 10 Commandments.
As evangelical Christians, it is a fearful thing to end up agreeing with militant atheists and Satanists, especially as the now banned activities, monuments, etc were perfectly and totally legal for nearly 200 years in the USA, before Madelyn Murray Oâ€™Hare, the ACLU, the FFRF, the Satanists and others, with their well paid lawyers, and unconstitutional activist federal judges got busy with their nefarious schemes.
It would be interesting to know about this area, was it highly Catholic? I would suppose this went on for so long because it had to be? They got tired of Romish priest coming in?
Chris, Massachusetts is not a protestant stronghold, its probably more Romish and atheist than anything else.
But, the above should an accurate statement for urban areas of Massachusetts.
I believe there perhaps a prayer at the Invocation for my high school in Lincoln Nebraska, many, many years ago, which was a non-school event, if memory serves and no prayers at the graduation ceremony.
So, if you're going to have prayers you had better have Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and perhaps several other groups if you would want to make the people of my old high school happy, or of course none at all, which has been the policy for decades.
Madelyn Murray Oâ€™Hare, the atheistic woman, who actually had a rather unpleasant demise, that almost single handedlyand ultimately successfully led the campaign against not only prayer and Bible study in public (state) schools in the USA in the late 1950â€™s, and particularly the 1960â€™s, getting it put out legally through the unconstitutional activism of the US Supreme Court, but also virtually all and any mention of God in the public sphere of the United States, started a horrible revolution that led to lawlessness, chaos and the ghastly immoral state that the USA is in today.
Yet these activities, prayer, Bible study, Christmas and other activities in public squares, etc, had been going on in the USA for almost 200 years since the foundation of the state perfectly legally and in accord with the wishing of the Founding Fathers of the USA.
A simple constitutional measure to ensure that there would not be a persecuting state church in the USA, has now been totally perverted by judicial activists, into a persecuting ordinance, basically declaring, contrary to the US Constitution that secular humanistic atheism is indeed the state religion enforced by law.
This is not a surprising result considering the Supreme Court has effectively banned prayer at public high school graduation ceremonies, it looks like for 70 years?
FFRF wrote: ...To suggest that students who rightly object to prayer at school graduations should absent themselves from their graduation ceremonies would require "forfeiture of those intangible benefits which have motivated the student through youth and all her high school years. Graduation is a time for family and those closest to the student to celebrate success and express mutual wishes of gratitude and respect, all to the end of impressing upon the young person the role that it is his or her right and duty to assume in the community and all of its diverse parts." Lee, 505 U.S. at 595.
Lee, Santa Fe, and numerous other Supreme Court cases since the 1940s demonstrate that school-sponsored activities, including high school graduations, must be free from religious rituals, including prayer. The Court has continuously struck down formal and teacher- or school-led prayers in public schools....
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