A house panel in Alabama has passed a bill requiring teachers and students at public schools to spend 15 minutes every morning praying – the Christian kind, of course. Most of the legislators present opposed the measure – but no matter. God wins.
The law would not only allow, but require, school teachers to start each day with the same prayers used to open congressional sessions, and up to 15 minutes each morning would be allotted for prayer.
The legislator spearheading the bill is Rep. Steve Hurst (R-Munford), who argues, “If Congress can open with a prayer, and the state of Alabama Legislature can, I don’t see why schools can’t.”
Interesting point. It is total bullshit that Congress and the state of Alabama Legislature open with a Christian prayer – thanks for pointing that out. Oh, wait. That wasn’t his point at all.
I’m not an atheist, although people always assume that I am because I ridicule measures like this. I pray in my own way and I enjoy doing so. I just don’t think it’s up to me to decide that the rest of the goddamn state should pray to the God or Goddess that I pray to. That’s ridiculously unfair and also blasphemous to all other religions out there. Funny that those who find religion and prayer the most important completely ignore that others may not just be seriously offended by measures like these, but are also being forced to minimize the importance and validity of whatever religion they practice.
Take it from me and don’t try to argue this point with anyone that actually believes passing laws like this is a-ok. This is hypocrisy at its worst – and unfortunately it’s always the very religious that perpetrate it. I have absolutely no problem with how people decide to express their religious freedoms, I just can’t concept how forcing everyone to pray to a God that may not be theirs is something that can actually be legislated in a country that claims to have separation of church and state.
Good job Alabama. You’ve out-crazied Florida this week.