Reaping the Whirlwind.
Published on May 31, 2008 By lulapilgrim In Religion

I just finished posting a comment on another blog about how we are reaping the whirlwind after kicking God out of public schools. Someone asked what I meant by saying  "we are reaping the whirlwind."

In 1962, the Supreme Court prohibited the saying of this simple non-denominational prayer in public schools:

"Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon thee, and we beg thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our country."

In 1963, the Supreme Court banned Bible teachings in public schools.

In 1980, the Supreme Court ordered public schools to remove the Ten Commandments from student view.

Many of you may know that an atheist,  Michael Newdow, continues to sue for the words "under God" to be stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance.  I read somewhere rather recently there is a movement to get the words referring to God removed from our currency.   

It made me think of this email that has been going around now for quite some time and for all I know may have been already posted by someone else on JU.

Anyway, since it goes directly to what I meant by saying we are reaping the whirlwind and is great food for thought and great discussion, I thought it would be timely to post it here.


Dear God:

Why didn't you save the school children at...

Moses Lake , Washington 2/2/96
Bethel , Alaska 2/19/97
Pearl , Mississippi 10/1/97
West Paducah , Kentucky 12/1/97
Stamp, Arkansas 12/15/97
Jonesboro , Arkansas 3/24/98
Edinboro , Pennsylvania 4/24/98
Fayetteville , Tennessee 5/19/98
Springfield , Oregon 5/21/98
Richmond , Virginia 6/15/98

Littleton, Colorado 4/20 /99
Taber , Alberta , Canada 5/28/99
Conyers , Georgia 5/20/99
Deming , New Mexico 11/19/99
Fort Gibson , Oklahoma 12/6/99
Santee , California 3/ 5/01
El Cajon , California 3/22/01 and
Virginia Tech, Virginia 4/16/07?

Sincerely,

Concerned Student

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Reply:

Dear Concerned Student: 

I am not allowed in schools.

Sincerely,

God

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How did this get started?...

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Let's see,
I think it started when Madeline Murray O'Hare complained
She didn't want any prayer in our schools.

And we said, OK..

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Then,
Someone said you better not read the Bible in school.  The Holy Bible that says
"Thou shalt not kill", "Thou shalt not steal", and "love your neighbors as yourself,"

And we said, OK...

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Dr. Benjamin Spock said
we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehaved because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem.

And we said,
an expert should know what he's talking about so we won't spank them anymore..

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Then someone said
teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave.
And the school administrators said no faculty member in this school
better touch a student when they misbehave because we don't want any bad publicity, and we surely don't want to be sued.

And we accepted their reasoning...

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Then someone said,
Let's allow our daughters to have abortions if they want,  and give them birth control pills, and they won't even have to tell their parents.

And we said, well, they're going to do it anyway, so that's a grand idea...

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Then some school board member said,
since boys will be boys and they're going to do it anyway,  let's give our sons all the condoms they want, so they can have all the fun they desire, and we won't have to tell their parents they got them at school.

And we said, that's another great idea...

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Then some of our top elected officials said
it doesn't matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs.

And we said,
Right...it doesn't matter what anybody does in private as long as we have jobs and the economy is good.

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And someone else took that appreciation a step further and published pictures of nude children and then stepped further still by making them available on the Internet.

And we said, everyone's entitled to free speech....

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And the entertainment industry said,
let's make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence and illicit sex...And let's record music that encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes...

And we said,
it's just entertainment and it has no adverse effect and nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead.

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Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience,
why they don 't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to
kill strangers, classmates or even themselves.

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Undoubtedly,
if we thought about it long and hard enough, we could figure it out.
I'm sure it has a great deal to do with...

"WE REAP WHAT WE SOW."

 


Comments (Page 1)
on May 31, 2008
Sorry for the huge font.   
on May 31, 2008

I've always thought it was a little weird to ban religion in the schools. Heh, 'cause we're all about it in jails and prisons.

on May 31, 2008

I like the large font.  Say it big! 

 

on Jun 01, 2008

While I don't agree with the kicking God out of school, and think that it is a wrong thing to have done. I don't agree that this is the reason why all those bad things have happened in school.  Are you saying that God, not being allowed their, so to speak, is the reason why what has happened did?  Because it sounds to me like you're saying God not being there made it all happen.

 

That's not a good impression for someone who doesn't believe to read about God at all.  Obviously he's vengeful then, he is, but not in that way.

on Jun 01, 2008

In the Islamic world G-d is in schools. How much better are they doing?

In the US G-d is a lore more present in some states than in others. But we have see that those states are also more immoral than the more secular states.

So what made you ignore all these facts and repeat your oft-disproven claim as if it was fact?

 

on Jun 01, 2008

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience,
why they don 't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to
kill strangers, classmates or even themselves.

Are you really asking that question? Or are you really asking how you can rationalise it to yourself that secularism is the cause of that?

It seems fairly simple. Crime rates are higher in big cities, I think. Cities have grown as has the population as such. Hence crime rates would go up over time too.

But I don't know the numbers.

 

 

on Jun 01, 2008

That's not a good impression for someone who doesn't believe to read about God at all. Obviously he's vengeful then, he is, but not in that way.


God does say it's his to give vengenance and not our place. He's God after all but that's not what's happening here. It's more God letting us have our way. If you get a chance read Deut 28. It shows us a picture of what happens when we trust and listen to God vs what happens when we choose to turn our back on him. It's like reading the news today.

In the Islamic world G-d is in schools. How much better are they doing?


I, as well as Lula, do not believe the Islamic God (Allah) is the same God of the bible. I do not believe the Jews God and the Arab's God are one and the same.

In the US G-d is a lore more present in some states than in others. But we have see that those states are also more immoral than the more secular states.


So do you have facts to back this up? What states are secular? What states are Godly? I don't think God is partial to certain states over others. God blesses his people wherever they are.....in an immoral state or not.



on Jun 01, 2008

So do you have facts to back this up? What states are secular? What states are Godly?


Yes, I have the facts to back this up.

We had this discussion in another thread, subject was whether "Christianity" would have a positive impact on morality or not.

A claim was made that in the past, before schools were secular, teen pregnancy levels were lower; however, in the past people did not report teen pregnancies, hence we could only look at current numbers.

We compared Bible Belt states to states in New England and all other states. Turns out that teen pregnancy rates, which we accepted as signs of immorality for the purpose of the discussion are highest in Bible Belt states (and California) and lowest in states with lowe church attendance (and Utah).


I don't think God is partial to certain states over others. God blesses his people wherever they are.....in an immoral state or not.


I would have thought that G-d is not partial to certain states. You are right, He blesses His people whereever they are. However, the states where people are most "Christian" also happen to be the most immoral states (as measured in teen pregnancies).

We don't know whether one causes the other or vice versa or whether the two things have nothing to do with each other. But the correlation is interesting.


I see three possible reactions for Christians:

1. Accept that there is a problem with the type of "Christianity" practiced in the Bible Belt, that something must be done to make those states more moral.

2. Deny everything.

3. Claim that secularism leads to immorality and that for some reason the immorality simpy shows in the Bible Belt but not New England or Utah.


To me it looks like you guys have the same problem Islam has, except on a lower level because there is fewer of you and your preachers are not in power.

on Jun 01, 2008

I, as well as Lula, do not believe the Islamic God (Allah) is the same God of the bible. I do not believe the Jews' God and the Arabs' God are one and the same.


Hate to disappoint you. It's the same god.

Abraham taught both his children about the one true god, and both children and their descendants believed. Muhammed was a descendant of Ishmael and believed in the same god as Isaac and Ishmael did. So far none of this has anything to do with "Islam" in the Muhammedan sense. Ishmaelis believed in the same god as the Israelites.

There were many gods Semitic tribes believed in, among them the Creator, the only real god, the god ultimately known by His name and by "El" (Alpha Lamed, also simply means "god") and "Elohim" (Alpha Lamed Heh Yud Mem, this is a plural of Aleph Lamed Heh) in Hebrew and "Allah" (short for Aleph Lamed Aleph Lamed Heh, with the first Aleph Lamed being the definite article and Aleph Lamed Heh being the word) in Arabic. Hebrew-speaking Jews refer to Him as "Elohim", Arabic-speaking Jews, Muslims, and Christians refer to Him as "Allah".

At some point Muhammed, the Ishmaeli, believed he was a new prophet. His prophecy, later written down in the Qur'an (from the root Quf Resh Aleph, meaning "read" or "happen" with "Qur'an" meaning "recitation"), confirmed many of the stories in the Bible, not because G-d told Muhammed, but simply because Muhammed already believed in Adam and Eve, in Noah, and in Moses and the exodus.

However, the god Muhammed believed in and the god Muhammed thought he was a prophet of is that same god Jews and Ishmaelis (and many other Semitic tribes and peoples) and Christians worshipped.

I don't know where the legend that it's not the same god comes from, but it's simply not possible because a) Abraham taught both his children about the one true G-d, the words in Hebrew and Arabic simply don't allow for another interpretation, and c) there is no other (real) god, which means that even if Muhammed was not a prophet, the god he THOUGHT he received his prophecy from MUST have been the same god as the Jewish and Christian god.

However, there is another Semitic people (or sect) called the Mandaeans who also believe in Adam and Eve and Noah but not Moses and the exodus (don't know their stance on Abraham) and they believe that the god of Adam and Noah is NOT the god of Moses, Jesus, and Muhammed (but I think they do believe in John the Baptist as a prophet but I might be wrong on that). The Mandaeans speak Aramaic, I think. I believe "Manda" means "knowledge" in Aramaic. (In Hebrew "Mada" (Mem Dalet Ayin) means "knowledge", the missing "n" could be a regular consonant shift, I don't know.)

So if you ask me if I believe in the one true god, the Semitic creator god "El" or "Elohim", the god of Abraham and the god of Moses, I will say that, yes, I do.

But if you believe in that same god or not, I cannot tell. Abraham did, Isaac did, Ishmael did, Moses did, Muhammed did, and I do.

I really don't care if you worship the same god or not (who cares what gods other people worship anyway, as long as such worship doesn't involve ugly sacrifices?), but I won't let you modify my G-d just because you want to exclude one half of Abraham's children and show such disrespect to Abraham.

If you worship a god who is not spelt Aleph Lamed Heh and who is not the god of Ishmael, you are not worshipping the same god as Isaac and Moses.

You can clearly read in the Bible that Abraham's covenant with G-d covered both Isaac and Ishmael (who was 13 at the time). In fact, I seem to recall that Isaac was even born when the covenant was made.

I assume you both know what the sign of that covenant was and is and that it is practiced by Jews as well as Ishmaelis and all who follow the religion founded (or re-affirmed, depending on what you believe) by the most well-known Ishmaeli after Ishmael.

These things are not coincidence.

You must stop using the word "Allah" as if it were a name. "Allah" is simply the Arab word for "god" (with a definite article attached, as is proper per Arab grammar). Arabs and Jews happen to refer to god by the same word because Arabic and Hebrew are so closely related. If "Allah" is different from "god", then so is the Hebrew "Elohim" because it's the same as the Arabic.


on Jun 01, 2008
I don't know of JU can use Hebrew and Arabic characters.

(Note that Hebrew and Arabic use the same alphabet and letters, just different scripts.)

Word for "god" in Hebrew:

אל

Transliteration: 'L
Pronunciation: /el/

The version with the Heh at the end:

אלוה

Transliteration: 'LVH
Pronunciation: /eloa/ (Note that the "V" is not part of the root but stands for a vowel.)

The plural version used in the Bible:

אלהים

Transliteration: 'LHYM (Note that YM is the normal Hebrew ending for masculine plural.)
Pronunciation: /elohim/ (Note that the the /o/ vowel is not written in the plural.)

Arabic for /eloa/ with definite article /al/ integrated as per Arabic grammar:

الله

(Windows seems to have recognised the word I copied from my Mac text editor and replaced it with the unicode character for "Allah". I didn't add the vowel dot, don't know how to type vowel dots in Arabic. I have Arabic script installed only Mac-side, not for Windows programs.)

Transliteration: 'LLH (short for 'L'LH, with the first 'L being the article /al/).
Pronunciation: /al-la/ (I think. I cannot pronounce Arabic.)

Judaeo-Arabic is written in the Hebrew script, but would probably use the Hebrew word for "Allah" (Yiddish does). But the Arabic "Allah" written in Hebrew script would look like this:

אללה

And with the article split from the word:

אל אלה

And without the article:

אלה

The difference is the second vowel, which is an /o/ in Hebrew (written as "V") and an /a/ in Arabic (not written).

Now, it could be claimed that the Arabs simply took the Hebrew word and made it their own. However, this would not work because it's unnecessary. The word is VERY OLD and existed long before the Semitic languages split up. It remained the same in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic because it's a very simple root and because Semitic languages don't change as quickly as Indo-European languages.

Plus the Muslims under Muhammed had absolutely no reason to invent a new god. The god Arab monotheists believed in before Muhammed and since Ishmael was perfectly fine. You just had to invent a new prophet for Him.

on Jun 01, 2008
Incidentally, all this stuff about the holy language and everything, THAT is something I would like to see taught in schools.

Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be what "Christians" have in mind when they call for bringing G-d into schools.

Who cares about teaching actual knowledge from the Bible when there is so much knowledge in other subjects that we can take away by bringing G-d into schools!

on Jun 01, 2008
Thank you all for your comments...

Wouldn't you know I go ahead and post this and then get soooo busy with getting our house ready for the real estate market!

ROYLEVOSH POSTS:
I've always thought it was a little weird to ban religion in the schools.


Well, ya, but have you noticed it's only the Christian religion that the Supreme Court has banned?

Add to the list above another US Supreme Court decision which rendered student led prayer at football games violates the First Amendment's Establishment clause.

FOREVERSERENITY POSTS:
Are you saying that God, not being allowed their, so to speak, is the reason why what has happened did?


Yes, it seems to me a logical connection can be made. Think about it..those heinous things were not occurring back then when prayer was allowed in public schools across the land. No where that I know of were there child/child or child/teacher crimes like these before 1962. Another factor to consider is that (to my knowledge) none of these crimes listed above occurred in Catholic parochial, Christian or home schools.







on Jun 02, 2008
LEAUKI POSTS:
So what made you ignore all these facts and repeat your oft-disproven claim as if it was fact?


Leauki,

The only thing in my article I claim are facts are the Supreme Court decisions and the dates they occurred. As far as the list of towns, states and dates that violent crime occurred in public schools, I think that list is accurate.

The rest are logical conclusions that could be drawn from taking prayer and God out of public schools.

My goodness even the US Congress opens everyday with a prayer...why would the Supreme Court of the land take that away from children in schools if it wasn't for some crazy, Marxist ideological bent...like secular or atheistic humanism?

Have you ever really considered the power of prayer? It works. With prayer, we cannot fail. Many of the original Founders of the US did and even though public schools didn't exist back then, I can't imagine for a minute they would object. Even General George Patton understood the importance of prayer. He often had prayers printed on cards and sent to every man in his Army.

He is quoted as saying, "There are three ways that men get what they want: by planning, by working, and by praying.... But between the plan and the operation there is always an unknown. That unkown spells defeat or victory success or failure. It is the reaction of the actors to the ordeal when it actually comes. Some people call that getting the breaks. I call it God. God has His part, or margin in everything. That's where prayer comes in."

As far as I'm concerned the same thing with our children during the school day. It's good for them to be able to start the day with a prayer...for God to come into every part of their daily life and as Gen. Patton said, "do His part". Well, now Almighty God has been told by the powers that be in the US government that He's no longer wanted, no longer needed, no longer necessary....that man can do it all himself.


on Jun 02, 2008

Other countries appear to manage the not having god in schools with out having school shootings.  The French have gone so far as to ban any and all reglion symbols (including Islamic ones) from any and all state school but they haven't had this wave of shooting, although the ban was only in 2004 they haven't been teaching godly morals for many a year.

on Jun 02, 2008
Basmas,

Of course. And teen pregnancy rates are also lower in Europe. And they are in lower in US states that are not part of the Bible Belt.

As I said, I don't know the correlation between murder and "Christianity", but there is a clear correlation between teen pregnancy and "Christianity".

Since the US are a secular state, I suppose that IF they start teaching G-d, they could use any religion or god, with no particular reason to choose (a certain brand of) "Christianity".

I suggest Hinduism.

It's a fascinating religion and culture and it would certainly help to learn more about it.

But if it has to be a Semitic god, I would be for Baal. The Phoenician city-god has been so sadly ignored ever since his last believers died in north-west-Africa. And we only remember him in his role as unimportant mock-god.