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Mississippi School Forces Students To Listen To Christian Lecture, Teachers Block Exits

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Mississippi School Forces Students To Listen To Christian Lecture, Teachers Block Exits

By Stephen D. Foster Jr.

Religious freedom is being killed in Mississippi. It has been for a few years now. And Christian fundamentalism is the murderer.

Mississippi is ground zero for religious anti-abortion fanatics. They’ve literally nearly outlawed abortion in the state in an effort to strip women of their reproductive rights. Mississippi is also the state where Republicans passed a law forcing public schools to give students an open forum to push their religious views onto others, something that mostly favors Christian students. And now, Mississippi is home to a school that has attacked religious liberty in the worst way.

Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood, Mississippi is under fire for allegedly forcing its students to attend and listen to Christian lectures during three assemblies held in April alone. Worse yet, students were barred from leaving and teachers blocked the exits to prevent any of them from doing so. One student was able to film one of the assemblies. As a result, a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the students by the American Humanist Association. The organization filed the suit on Wednesday.

According to Raw Story,

“The assemblies showed a video laced with Christian messages about overcoming personal hardships through Jesus Christ and were allegedly led by local church officials.”

These church officials spoke about Jesus Christ dying “for our sins” and that the only way “to atone” for those sins is to accept Jesus. In other words, Christian officials were trying to indoctrinate students into the Christian religion whether they liked it or not.

Under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, such assemblies are unconstitutional because they violate the religious freedom of those who do not want to be in attendance. And since the school forced all of the students to be there and physically blocked them from leaving, these students were held against their will. That action is known as unlawful restraint and it is a felony. So this high school basically committed a crime in the effort to convert non-Christians to Christianity.

Whenever the Christian Right claims that religious freedom is under attack by the government, that’s simply a way to hide the fact that they themselves are attacking religious freedom. What is happening in Mississippi isn’t new. Similar instances are occurring in states around the country, where religious zealots have positioned themselves within state governments in an effort to shape the states with their sick and twisted version of Christianity. To date, North Dakota, Arkansas, Kansas, Virginia, Florida, Nebraska, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana have all passed or seriously considered laws written based on an extreme religious view. These bills and laws are specifically designed to target reproductive rights, science, history, and other religions in an effort to declare America a Christian nation, even though the Constitution forbids laws that place one religion over another. But that is exactly what all these bills attempt to do. By introducing and passing such measures, states are favoring a specific yet misguided Christian viewpoint despite the fact that not every citizen is a Christian. Some practice Islam, some practice Judaism, some practice Buddhism, and some are even agnostics and atheists. And not even all Christians have the same views. But nevertheless, Republicans are endorsing one specific religious view, and that view is extreme fundamentalism, and extreme fundamentalism in any religion is dangerous. And when you have to stoop to the low level of holding kids captive in an effort to convert them, your religion is a bad one.

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by Platinum Member on Apr. 27, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Wow. Just wow.
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by on Apr. 27, 2013 at 12:46 AM
If this is true then it's disgusting.

But some of the people in this group may or may not admit they approve
by "Dude!" on Apr. 27, 2013 at 12:51 AM
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The language was melodramatic but if the allegations are true then heads need to roll over this.
by Matlock on Apr. 27, 2013 at 12:57 AM


by Jane on Apr. 27, 2013 at 1:06 AM
Nothing says good christian values like violating the constitution, false imprisonment, and endangering children.......

hay guey
by Ruby Member on Apr. 27, 2013 at 2:09 AM

Not surprised in the least.

by on Apr. 27, 2013 at 2:16 AM

Quoting Arroree:

Not surprised in the least.

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by Bronze Member on Apr. 27, 2013 at 2:21 AM
I find this disgusting. I dislike when anyone tries to force religion on others, everyone is not Christian and not all messages from some Christians are good ones.
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by Platinum Member on Apr. 27, 2013 at 2:47 AM
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This was what my high school was like. All of the guest speakers for assemblies seemed to be pushing the Jesus factor pretty hard.
by Ruby Member on Apr. 27, 2013 at 2:52 AM

Sounds about right for this area unfortunately.

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