One of my least favorite posts to see on my newsfeed on Facebook, but I see it all the time. It is typically teamed up with a photo of something heartbreaking, like Sandy Hook. First, I don’t understand how the two are connected. Do people believe that whether or not those children lost their lives depended on whether or not they said a morning prayer to God? Is the God they believe in that egotistical? Or are they saying that the man that killed them would not be mentally ill had the children prayed? The shooter would not have been mentally ill had his school had God in it? I don’t know. Are they saying that the only people that value life are people that go to church or pray in school? I know some devoutly religious people that disown their own children for being gay, getting pregnant, or loving someone not of their parent’s belief system. They only value life if they approve of it?
If someone wants the school day to revolve around God, there are plenty of religious based schools. If that is what they want for their children, great. I have different beliefs though, as do many others. If they want to teach a class about ALL religions, just what the origins and beliefs are, I am all for that. Just don’t tell my child what they should believe. Hang up whatever decorations you want in the halls of public schools, Christmas trees, Menorahs, the Goddess, tell my kids what they mean to the people that they have meaning to. Learning is wonderful, but fire and brimstone belongs in church, or in a religious based school, preached to those that choose to hear it.
There are plenty of kind, compassionate, tolerant, wonderful people in this world that are not that way because they fear God, they are that way just because it is the right way to be. What is wrong in the world has little to do with God and everything to do with people, some of them even sit in church every Sunday.
Disclaimer, if your undies are in a bunch over this post, kindly go back and reread it without the preconceived notion that I am stomping on your beliefs. I am saying that I can raise wonderful children that value life, just like you, without having your beliefs.