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Some poor pathetic religious, far right-winged, Christian conservative sent me a "now I lay me down to sleep" prayer with new CON-SERVITUDE verses to it. 

THE NEW SCHOOL PRAYER
Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the state.

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's "inappropriate" to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such "judgments" do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!

Amen

See folklore about this silly version of a silly prayer
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I thought this so asinine and insulting, I decided to write my own verse to counteract this bigoted, unconscionable and unconstitutional version. Below is my interpretation of the so-called "NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP"  Prayer. thinkingblue

THE LIBERAL CHILD'S PRAYER 

Now I sit me down in school,
Where praying aloud is against the rule.
For this great nation under one flag;
Doesn't allow just one belief to brag. 

Each person has his own belief system.
The Bill of Rights says we don't have to listen...
To the one imposing his on me.
That is what makes a nation free.

Our skin may be black or white even yellow,
We are all equal; there's no odd fellow.
The law is specific, in and of itself
Prayers should be silent kept to oneself.

 For voicing one's faith in a public place
May offend someone's faith with a different face
Praying in silence one should pursue.
A belief is personal and belongs only to you. 

We're allowed to be different, and still stay free.
That's why we shouldn't try to make others see.
That what we believe is the only "Right One".
And only our religion is "The Favorite Son".

 We can elect a Liberal Senior Queen,
And make a Conservative our Senior King.
It's "appropriate" to believe from the left or the right,
Just like religion...different perceptions are alright. 

We can get our condoms and learn birth control,
Attaining information makes us better makes us whole.
The Ten Commandments may be right for some,
But others may follow a different "rule of thumb". 

I am not afraid here, I must avow,
Because,  The Constitution protects me now.

So, to the ruler of the universe, This silent plea I make:
If I get shot for goodness sake, for believing in fairness.
Please bring to those that cannot think a little spark of awareness.

Amen - ThinkingBlue
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Why Do Conservative Christians Hate The Constitution?

by Allen Snyder

OpEdNews.Com 

 

A few weeks ago, on CNN’s ‘Crossfire’, James Carville, Tucker Carlson and their guests howled about the giant Ten Commandments rock recently uprooted from the lobby of the Alabama State Supreme Court building.  Chief Justice ‘Crazy’ Roy Moore, responsible for the rock’s placement, had garnered so much support against its removal, believers were flocking to Montgomery as though someone discovered a Jesus-shaped squash at the Piggly Wiggly.

 

Loudly condemning the removal was The Christian Defense Fund.  When asked specifically what the genuflectors were protesting, the CDF attorney gushed that the monument’s removal was a travesty, representing nothing less than the moral decline of Western civilization.  Further compelling evidence, he said, of the Devil’s handiwork and America’s destructive prejudice against Christianity.

 

Peppered throughout his tirade were comments emphasizing the monument’s removal as the constitutionally questionable act.  Astonishingly, neither host mentioned the obvious - that the display’s initial placement, not its removal, was the problem.  The CDF attorney acted like Ten Commandment displays are de facto constitutional and opponents must prove removing the display doesn’t violate the law.

 

Amazing how Fundies always shortcut through the facts.  Supreme Court precedent prohibits obviously religious displays on public or government property (although they incorrectly allow for so-called ‘contextual’ or ‘historical’ displays).  Displaying the Ten Commandments in such locations is unconstitutional.  Period.  The burden of proof is on display supporters to show that displaying the monument is constitutional.

 

Allowing the Christian Right to dictate this debate’s discourse plays right into their hands.  They just love to play the part of tortured victim, sacrificial martyr, and oppressed minority - makes ‘em feel all pious, righteous, and Christ-like.  Their ‘everybody-is-against-us’ paranoia tugs at the heart-strings of the hopelessly misinformed and terminally brainwashed.  Next thing you know, 75% of people believe Christianity is an endangered religion, America is a ‘Christian nation’, and the Commandments are the basis for American law.  All false, of course.

 

Christianity in America , particularly in the South, is so ubiquitously in-your-face and shamelessly political, nonbelievers like me either regularly convulse with monster cases of dry heaves or chuckle to ourselves at the vacuous platitudes posted on church marquees.  The governmental largesse heaped on Christian institutions is disgustingly transparent (not to mention illegal).  BushCo’s recent Christmas-in-September gift to ‘faith-based’ (read: religious) organizations reeks of both favoritism and political pandering.

 

And when intelligent people like Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick imagine whether the Founders ‘would object to the ways in which religion has been chased out of the public square’ (posted 8/21/03), it’s clear the Christian Right’s propaganda campaign is working beautifully.  Such alarmist bullshit, when repeated continually in church pulpits or on The 700 Club, begins to sound truthful to lobotomized Christian apologists.  Then again, it’s not hard to manipulate the thoughtless.

 

Consider:  imagine you’re a fundamentalist Christian (it’s OK, the headache is temporary) who absolutely needs to be praying to God constantly.  Now go through your daily routine, praying wherever possible.  There’s scarcely a second where you can’t pray, praise, or worship.

 

Start praying the minute you wake, shower and sing hymns, jam to gospel in the car, hum ‘God Bless America’ in the elevator, read inspirational poetry, say grace at lunch, Bible-read on your break, jam more on the way home, play Bible Baseball while making dinner, say grace again, watch hours of Christian TV, bless everyone before bed, and make the kids say ‘now I lay me down to sleep’ (a sick children’s prayer if ever there was one ).

 

Sounds to me like personal religious expression is just fine.  It’s when they can’t make everyone else, like graduating seniors or governmental institutions, go blindly along that they get pissed off.  It’s not about ‘expression’, it’s about coerced conformity to their twisted right-wing Christian mentality.

 

So much for the ‘chased out of the public square’ nonsense.

 

Ms. Lithwick also writes that ‘one possible view [on church/state separation] is that the Establishment Clause was intended only to ensure that there was no official adoption of a state religion’.  In a diverse nation like the United States , it’s not a state-adopted religion that non-Christians have to worry about. Far more dangerous are the gross stenches of impropriety emanating from the lucrative favoritism Christian institutions routinely blackmail from a born-again and constitutionally illiterate Federal government.

 

So why does the Christian Right’s really hate the Constitution?

 

Is it that they’re unwilling or incapable of making even the simplest conceptual and intellectual distinctions?  That they can’t see the world without Christian blinders?  Can’t they separate their private religion from their public politics?  Is their ignorance so bottomless, they can’t distinguish the Founder’s faith (they weren’t ‘deeply religious men’, as Lithwick claims) from their revolutionary goals?

 

Well, it’s all that, but underlying everything is a broad-spectrum fear and loathing.

 

You see, the Constitution provides prohibitions against and remedies for what the Christian Right really wants - a Christian-dominated theocracy which imposes its dogmatic will, and worse, its vague, infantile, and useless Ten Commandments-like morality on all Americans whether they like it or not.

Allen Snyder is an instructor of Philosophy and Ethics.  He can be reached at asnyder111@hotmail.com This article is copyright by Allen Snyder and  originally published by opednews.com but permission is granted for reprint in print, email, blog, or web media so long as this credit is attached

 

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