Friday, January 21, 2011

The Dangers of Inhaling Religious Second Hand Smoke

The Cherokee County Georgia School Board voted last night to hold its graduation ceremony this spring at the 5,000 seat First Baptist Church of Woodstock, just like it has since 2005.  Why?  Because it costs $2,000 to rent versus $8,000 for renting neighboring Cobb County’s Performing Arts Centre.

The difference this year is it was threatened with a lawsuit by Americans United for Separation of Church and State based in Washington D.C. because “church ceremonies expose students to religious imagery such as prominent crosses, pictures of Jesus and religious literature, and send a message that the district endorses the church and favors Christianity.”

News flash to Americans United:  pretty much everyone in Cherokee County, including the School Board, favors Christianity.  That out of the way, though I’m a liberal, commie pinko, I can’t get too riled up about this.

The School Board should take the lessons learned by county courthouses and municipalities across the country from Supreme Court decisions.  Throw a curtain in front of the chancel to hid most of the “offending” imagery.  Take the Bibles and hymnals out of the pews.  Distribute some strategically placed Stars of David, Menorahs and maybe a Buddha or two around the nave to dilute the religious tone remaining from the pictures in the stained glass windows and you’ll be good to go.

If a heathen attending the graduation suddenly stands up, having found Jesus, and starts dancing in the aisle, a Catholic becomes a Baptist or a Buddhist suffering confusion becomes agnostic, it will be a true miracle.

1 comment:

Thomas said...

We're multicultural, multilingual, multireligious, multi-pretty-much-everything; if we're going to survive as a nation we need to learn how to get along with people who are different from ourselves.

Maybe a requirement of graduation should be that everyone does something out of their comfort zones: atheists have to visit a church, fundamentalists have to learn Darwin's theory.