"...with Liberty and Justice for ALL."

Commentary
by C.L. Weiss
editor@gozarks.com 

Let me start by saying that I do not know if the email pass-along that I'm about to share with you is factual. It may may be some type of hoax. However, in relationship to my point its source makes no difference. 

It addresses our Nation's ongoing debate about issues involving separation of Church and State. And  let me be up front to say that I make no claim to be an expert or even well-informed on the current  status of this legislative dilemma. Yet at the same time and in context of the many emails that cross my desk, I do see and feel a strong trend of support for sentiments such as those which follow. 

In this interest and in the spirit of nurturing Liberty, Justice, and Peace for all of humankind, I encourage you to take a long, deep and personally introspective look at this "New School Prayer:"

 Now I sit me down in school
 Where praying is against the rule
 For this great nation under God
 Finds mention of Him very odd.

 If Scripture now the class recites,
 It violates the Bill of Rights.
 And anytime my head I bow
 Becomes a Federal matter now.

 Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
 That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.
 The law is specific, the law is precise.
 Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

 For praying in a public hall
 Might offend someone with no faith at all.
 In silence alone we must meditate,
 God's name is prohibited by the state.

 We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
 And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
 They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
 To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

 We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
 And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King
 It's "inappropriate" to teach right from wrong,
 We're taught that such "judgments" do not belong.

 We can get our condoms and birth controls,
 Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
 But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
 No word of God must reach this crowd.

 It's scary here I must confess,
 When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
 So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
 Should I be shot; my soul please take!

 Amen

 Kelley J. Gaskin

NOTE: The foregoing is attributed to the God@Work ministry of St Mark's United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd.,  Lincoln Nebraska  68520  U.S.A. http://www.stmarks.org/

 "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to  your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done  in secret, will reward you." 
    --Matthew 6:6