by Brad Nelson 11/13/15
First, allow me a bit of drama. Whether it was standing for an hour or not having had lunch or dinner, I left a school board meeting last night feeling somewhat spiritually ill. Picture Dr. Smith from Lost in Space lamenting, “Oh, the pain.”
There’s a local issue that’s become a national issue: A football coach has been suspended for praying with his players.
This site’s friend and acting Koch Brother (Pat) and his wife stopped by my office yesterday and grabbed me to go to this school board meeting where we watched (mostly silently…more about that) various speeches regarding the suspension of Coach Kennedy, pro and con, but mostly pro.
Three speeches in particular were outstanding. One was by a man and two by two ladies. They were outstanding. Most of the pro-prayer, pro-coach arguments were thoughtful and eloquent.
There were three or four pro-atheist (let’s call it what it is) arguments for the suspension (and hopefully firing, from their point of view) of this coach. Their general shtick was the idea that if the public schools allow prayer it is then officially endorsing religion and thus breaking “the separation between church and state.”
I won’t get into all the fine-tuned arguments on that fallacy. Most of you know them already and can recite them from heart. (Freedom of religion, not freedom from religion, for example.) But suffice it to say, there are more than a few Christians who are willing to fight back (Mr. Kung will be glad to hear), and in a principled and informed way. I was thoroughly impressed by the pro-First-Amendment speeches.
One lady read prepared remarks which I thought were the best of all. I didn’t get a chance to linger behind and ask her if I could publish the speech here. A pity. You would have enjoyed it.
I was a bit disappointed that most of the pro-prayer speakers gave a nod to Cultural Marxism by stating, in essence, “We’re for diversity…no matter your race, sexual orientation, etc., you have a right to express your religion.” I don’t see how reciting the Pledge of Alinsky helps their cause in the long run. They were saying in essence “We’re the nice Christians. Not those bigoted, homophobic kinds.” Their speeches would have been enhanced without this PC blather.
The pro-atheist/anti-Christian speeches (and that’s who these people are, despite couching themselves in “diveristy” and “sensitivity”) were the portion of the program that made me somewhat ill (assuming it wasn’t the lack of food or all the blood rushing to my feet for standing in the back of the room for so long).
Two or three of the pro-atheist/anti-Christian speakers were crying, and it was obvious that their crying was well-rehearsed and on-cue just as they stepped to the mic. Most of the pro-atheist/anti-Christian speakers were students from the local college (surprise, surprise). The sickening part was seeing how screwball these yutes are.
The first pro-atheist/anti-Christian speaker was your typical angry atheist. He was spitting venom. And yours truly committed a small social faux pas when he coughed, in the style of Bluto from Animal House, “tolerance” as this mean-spirited atheist explained how watching Christians pray traumatized him.
A wiccan-looking womon (who lamented that her Satanic Society wasn’t granted whatever privileges she wanted) gave a creepy speech. But the worst of all was the final pro-atheist/anti-Christian speaker who was a “man.” And those scare-quotes are needed for I’m not sure which shower this guy would use, assuming he showers at all.
He was your typical fully indoctrinated Marxist/Progressive. He went on and on about the need for “secular spaces,” pronouncing that phrases like a leaky tire. If anyone was in need a both a little hard-nosed football and prayer, it was this guy. He could be the poster child for Pajama Boy if that spot were not already taken.
I don’t pretend to have been one of the adults in the room. To get up there in front of a microphone with the larger-than-life board members seated behind their curving desk in leather chairs takes some guts. And, remember, I’m the one with the Animal House shtick. That said, one couldn’t help but get the impression that the pro-atheist/anti-Christian speakers were caught in suspended adolescence. They had reverted to the tactics of a 3-year-old…basically crying and pouting in a manner that was obvious that the emotions were stage-managed.
One of the pro-First-Amendment speakers said something like, “Even if you fire this coach, let it be known that this will not end it. We will attend the football games as spectators and will be openly praying in the stands in large numbers.”
One fellow I talked to on the way out said that the regressive behavior from these “Progressive” school board members had already had an ill effect on the schools. He had heard that several people considering moving to that district had changed plans and gone either north or south to different school districts. One hopes this is true.
One of the women speaking, and one of the last pro-First-Amendment advocates, gave a very good church-lady-like speech. She did not refrain from the religious angle, including noting the truth that these pro-atheist/anti-Christian speakers clearly were angry with God. Yep. That’s the same impression I had.
However one feels about Christians and prayer, I urge all those out there who have mindlessly lapped up the Left’s “separation of church and state” baloney to go to an atheist meeting or somewhere where they are speaking. You need to understand that “secular,” for all intents and purposes, means the predominance of atheism with all religion (perhaps except Islam) forbidden. And you should understand that these atheists are generally screwed up and twisted people.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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