I received a forwarded email today which made me laugh out loud. It read as follows:
A PETITION FOR PRESIDENT BUSH
Please do NOT let this petition stop and lose all these names. If you do not want to sign it, please forward it to everyone you know.
To add your name, click on “forward”. You will be able to add your name at the bottom of the list and then forward it to your friends. Or, if necessary, you can copy and paste and then add your name to the bottom of the list.
THE 2,000TH PERSON PLEASE SEND IT ON TO THE FOLLOWING E-MAIL ADDRESS:
Dear President Bush:
Many of us were deeply touched to hear you recite a portion of Psalm 23 in your address to this great nation in the dark hours following the terrorists’ attacks. We, the people of America, are requesting that you lift the prohibition of prayer in schools. As the pledge of our great country states, we are to be “One nation under God.” Please allow the prayers and petitions of our children in schools without the threat of punishment.
Currently, adults and children in the schools are prohibited from mentioning God unless, of course, His name is uttered as part of a curse or profanity.
The People of America
Mark 10:13-14 “People were bringing little children to Jesus to have Him touch them, but his disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, He was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
Granted, if I didn’t spend so much time reading SEB and sources like it, or if I spent my free time reading townhall.com or cwa.com or other such small minded fare, and if I couldn’t think critically enough to realize the ridiculousness of saying children are disallowed from offering prayers to God while in school, I probably wouldn’t know any better and I would sign this puppy and send it off to at least 200 of my closest email buddies. Then they would send it off to their buddies and we would have a literal groundswell of a grassroots “Good People for Praying to God Out Loud in School” movement taking place. Innocent children could at last offer prayers to their Christian God without fear of punishment.
Also I realize that people cannot easily find this God so we need to teach our children where to look for Him. He is in school along side them but He cannot speak up for fear of being punished too. It’s a sad state of affairs; this separation from God. With my help, children and adults can literally speak to Him freely, not only at home and in church, but at school too.
Too bad I’m not sending it forward. Take THAT God! (And all you 1,188 silly people who signed it and allowed the last signer to forward it to me.)