Monday, August 06, 2012

Free Pray State

Missourians vote tomorrow to save prayer in the public square. A proposed amendment to the state’s constitution would protect a person’s right to pray in public, and would allow students to opt out of any assignment or learning experience that violates their religious teachings.  A recent poll suggests the amendment will pass by a huge margin, and I say more power to ‘em. It’s about time that Missouri’s 80% Christian majority stand up to the overwhelming 20% who have been forcing them into the closet for years. St. Louis alone has only 3700 churches; my God the city is almost as church free as Saudi Arabia!
Of course the amendment doesn’t limit this freedom to Christians alone, so people of false faiths can pray to their false gods as well, but this can be corrected with an amendment to the amendment which I expect will probably be filed in a year or so. In the meantime it is springtime for theists. I want to see Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Rastafarians, Mormon, Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Scientologists, Moonies, and devotees of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as well as oppressed Protestants praying all over the state. The more the merrier.
As for students opting out of learning on religious grounds, this can only bode well for the state’s educational ranking. For example, if you believe the earth to be only 10,000 years old you can opt out of most science classes. And if you believe that evolution is the Devil’s lie you can opt out of the rest. So the only students who will take science courses will be kids who like science, and that can only improve the states ratings on nationwide science evaluations.
Similarly in English classes if students can skip any readings that might not support their particular faith. For some the only book they will read is the Bible. Again this can only improve the state’s English ranking as students who don’t do well in English will drop out and focus on reading Mark rather than Mark Twain.
Good for you, Missouri. The “show me” is going to show the rest of us just what a free pray state is about I can’t wait.


Yehudit said...

I am in favor of Community and Public Prayers AS LONG AS all Prayer Traditions that are in the community are faithfully represented and given equal time.


Rabbi Gershon Winkler puts it this way: "For me, personally, the bottom line works something like this: God is not Jewish. Judaism is but one of many paths, of many varieties of ways of doing life, of doing spirituality, of God-Shuttling. It's not the only one. And not the best one for everyone. So since God isn't Jewish, and does not discriminate between peoples and traditions, who am I to turn down someone who requests of me a ceremonial that would enhance their life situation just because that ceremonial will include also stuff from other traditions? Were I to turn them away with the explanation that I'm a rabbi and I only do Jewish stuff, then it would mean that my primary focus of worship and obeissance is not to the Universal Creator but to this thing called Judaism. To me, that would be a lot more like idolatry than doing a Hindu chant at a Bar-Mitzvah."

No One Special said...

Loved this post Rabbi.

Too bad the above commenter doesn't seem to 'get it'.


Kasha Thedog said...

I always wanted to get out of PE. I'm pretty sure that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster does not condone mandatory exercise.

May you be touched by His noodly appendage,


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