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633School Prayer

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  • SteveYoth@aol.com
    Apr 1, 2005
      From Stan Kegel of the UGA Humor List (_humor@..._
      (mailto:humor@...) )...

      As you know, we've been working real hard in our town to get prayer back
      in our schools. Finally, the school board approved a plan of teacher–led
      prayer with the children participating at their own option. Children not wishing
      to participate were to be allowed to stand out in the hallway during prayer
      We hoped someone would sue us so we could go all the way to the supreme
      court and get the old devil–inspired ruling reversed. Naturally, we were all
      excited by the school board action.
      Our own little Billy (not so little, any more though) is now in the second
      grade. Of course, Margaret and I explained to him no matter what the other
      kids did, he was going to stay in the classroom and participate.
      After the first day of school, I asked him "how did the prayer time go?"
      "Did many kids go out into the hallway?"
      "Excellent. How did you like your teachers prayer?"
      "It was different, dad. Real different from the way you pray."
      "Oh? Like how?"
      "She said, 'Hail Mary mother of God, pray for us sinners...'"
      The next day I talked with the principal. I politely explained I wasn't
      prejudiced against Catholics but I would appreciate Billy being transferred to a
      non–Catholic teacher. The principal said it would be done right away.
      At supper that evening I asked Billy to say the blessings. He slipped out of
      his chair, sat cross–legged, closed his eyes, raised his hand palms up in
      the air and began to hum.
      You'd better believe I was at the principal's office at eight o'clock the
      next morning. "Look," I said. 'I don't really know much about these
      Transcendental Meditationists, but I would feel a lot more comfortable If you could move
      Billy to a room where the teacher practices an older,
      more established religion.
      That afternoon I met Billy as soon as he walked in the door after school.
      "I don't think you're going to like Mrs. Nakasone's prayer, either, Dad."
      "Out with it."
      "She kept calling O Great Buddha..."
      The following morning I was waiting for the principal in the school parking
      "Look, I don't want my son praying to the Eternal Spirit of whatever to
      Buddha. I want him to have a teacher who prays in Jesus' name!"
      "What about Bertha Smith?"
      I could hardly wait to hear about Mrs. Smith's prayer. I was standing on the
      front steps of the school when the final bell rang.
      "Well?" I asked Billy as we walked towards the car.
      "Okay what?"
      "Mrs. Smith asked God to bless us and ended her prayer 'in Jesus' name,
      Amen' just like you."
      I breathed a sigh of relief. "Now we're getting some place."
      "She even taught us a verse of scripture about prayer," said Billy.
      I beamed. "Wonderful. What was the verse?"
      "Lets see..." he mused for a moment. "And behold, they began to pray; and
      they did pray unto Jesus, calling him their Lord and their God."
      We had reached the car.
      "Fantastic," I said reaching for the door handle.
      Then I paused. I couldn't place the scripture.
      "Billy, did Mrs. Smith say what book that verse was from?"
      "Third Nephi, chapter 19, verse 18."
      "Nephi what?"
      "Nephi," he said. "It's in the Book of Mormon.
      The school board doesn't meet for a month.
      I've given Billy very definite instructions that at prayer time each day
      he's to go out into the hallway. I plan to be at that board meeting.
      If they don't do something about this situation, I'll sue.
      I'll take it all the way to the Supreme Court if I have to.
      I don't need schools or anybody else teaching my son about religion.
      We can take care of that ourselves at home and at church, thank you very

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