Missouri principal wows crowd, angers atheists with guarded 'God' references -- June 4, 2014
Increasingly, I think our Founding Fathers got it wrong in one respect. It shouldn't be freedom OF religion. It should be freedom FROM religion. Of course, they couldn't know that everything they fought for would be undermined almost as soon as it was written.
It would be different if people really respected other people's beliefs, but while the majority who espouse one belief or another say they do respect, their actions plainly show that they don't . So what we have are members of various organized belief groups who insist on ramming their personal credo into the face of everyone else while protesting that they have a right to believe as they do.
Well, yes. They have a right to believe whatever. The difference is, their right to believe appears to contain a simultaneous belief that they have a right to insist everyone else has to hear what they believe -- particularly when it's a group held socially captive for non-religious activities, school graduations, sports competitions, government assemblies -- heck, business meetings.
The original version of the Pledge of Allegiance did not contain the words "Under God." That was a calculated, political addition during the Cold War 1950's to show the world that the U.S. wasn't like the "godless" Communists. The original Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy, a socialist, and the pledge was meant to be all encompassing of what the United State stands for, an ideal of intellect and equality -- not an inherently divisive religious affirmation.
I wonder how Principal Kevin Lowery would feel if he were obliged to attend a monthly assembly of school principals to collect his pay check and then be obliged to sit and listen for an hour while Islamists, Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons, Atheists or Satanists expounded on their private, personal religious views before he could collect his check. He'd be offended. He'd feel excluded. He'd feel trampled on.
But like most puffed-up, self-righteous Bible-thumpers, he won't see any correlation between that scenario and the one he just orchestrated at a Missouri high-school graduation. After all, his is the only REAL religion. Just ask him. He'll tell you. He has a personal line to God to which you're not privy unless you believe like he does. And then he's probably the only one who can hear that "still small voice." But rest assured, he'll "interpret" any messages for you because that voice that only he can hear told him he could.
"And just in case you’re interested, during my moment of silence, I gave thanks to God for these great students, their parents, their teachers and for this community.”
And of course, he is firmly convinced I give a tinker's damn what HE did during HIS moment of silence. I don't. I only give a damn when he and others of his ilk suck up my time with their arrogance. Puffed up jackass.
The school board needs to make him review and re-sign his oath to defend the Constitution and obey all laws. You know, that piece of paper all people who work for the taxpayers have to sign when they work in the government. I think the Principal has forgotten what it says.