Saturday, October 26, 2013

Not Allowed

The first time I saw an image similar to the one above, it was being shared by nearly everyone on Facebook after yet another school shooting. And, I shared it as well. How dare we keep God out of our schools?

But now... the more I see this image, the more annoyed I get. 

When I was in school, we didn't have the school shootings and other violence we have now. Yes, there was a fight or two. There may have even been once incident that involved a knife. There was drugs and alcohol, and smoking - none allowed on school property, of course, but kids always find a way to sneak around the rules.

And when it came to God/Christianity in the school?

We said the Pledge of Allegiance.
We were allowed to pray on our own.
We were allowed to bring/read our Bibles.
We studied certain religious events/people during History class.
We read certain books which had religious events/people during Literature class.

Today, we are constantly hearing of another school shooting. There are guns and knives in the schools. There are drugs and alcohol and smoking. Kids are always finding a way to sneak around the rules.

And when it comes to God/Christianity in the school?

Our children do not say the Pledge of Allegiance.
They are allowed to pray on our own.
They are allowed to bring/read our Bibles.
They study certain religious events/people during History class.
They read certain books which have religious events/people during Literature class.

Our Kids Murder Because God Isn't Allowed In School

Seriously? We're going to blame the public school system for why are children are killing each other? We're going to blame the fact that our children are no longer allowed to say the Pledge of Allegiance? Have we all really fallen so far from God, and so far from the ability to take responsibility, that we're going to blame the schools for our lack of ability/desire to teach our own children?

The school is not and never has been responsible for teaching my children religion, faith, responsibility, values or morals.

That is MY responsibility. As a parent, it is my job to take my children to church. It is my responsibility to ensure they know that murder is wrong, and guns are dangerous. It is my responsibility to teach them right from wrong.

When I fail at this, is it my right to point a finger at everyone but myself?

Stop blaming the school. Or rather, stop blaming the fact that God isn't allowed in the school. God is allowed in the school... the school is only restricted from teaching or promoting God. They can't restrict what your child believes.


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