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Month: January, 2013

You have got to be kidding me

A Facebook friend posted a link to this petition on my wall.  The entire content of the ‘petition’?

To: US GOVERNMENT

PUT PRAYER BACK INTO SCHOOLS

IF PRAYER IS PUT BACK INTO SCHOOLS KIDS WOULD BE BETTER AND DO BETTER IN SCHOOLS

And, yes, of course it’s in all capitals.

Let’s quickly count some of the problems with this, shall we?

  1. Kids can already pray in school; the school just can’t impose prayer on the students.
  2. What kind of prayer should be “put back” in schools?  Christian, presumably; what does that mean for Jewish or Muslim or Hindu students, let alone non-religious students?
  3. How is prayer supposed to help kids “do better” in school?  Will God reveal the test answers to them?  Does that count as cheating?
  4. Since prayer is just talking to oneself, how will that help kids “be better”?
  5. Oh yeah, there’s that pesky First Amendment thing too.

I don’t know why anyone educated on the issue would consider this a good idea, or why anyone would believe I would support it.  But as I write this, there are nearly 100,000 signatures on the petition.  And, as Ed Brayton likes to point out, some of these people vote.

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The Boy Scouts

Look, I’m genuinely thrilled that the Boy Scouts of America are now considering ending their “no gays” policy.  It’s long overdue, but it’s a step in the right direction, taking them closer to the Girl Scouts’ policy of equality.  But they’re hanging on to their ban on atheists, so I’m still out.

As an Eagle Scout myself, it’s been very painful to me to watch the organization solidify its discriminatory stances over the years.  Maybe they’ll eventually wise up on religion as well, but I’m not holding my breath.

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