In Pensacola, Florida, two school officials, the principal and the athletic director, face possible jail time for the apparent disregard of a court order that forbids prayer during school functions. Of course, the ACLU, the instigators of the court order on behalf of two unnamed students, deny that it is about prayer. But it really is about the prayer, since that was the action that may cost these two gentleman their freedom, their jobs and their pensions.
The story can be read here: Florida High School Officials Face Criminal Charges Over Luncheon Prayer
This is exactly what happens when we start looking at culture from a human perspective. Yes, I know that there is separation of church and state, but how is praying in a school in any way establishing a state religion? But that is not even the most salient point.
The thing that most people seem to miss here is that if God exists, we are intentionally keeping children from knowing about the Creator, Savior and God of mankind. And for the court order, and all other orders that are similar to be valid, the complainants must prove beyond all doubt that it isn’t so. It becomes a core question about the existence of God, not about the equality of religions, or about whether we should live in a theocracy or not.
Many people object to that point of view by saying: Well, if the principal was a Muslim or Buddhist, would you still feel the same way? Of course I wouldn’t feel the same way, because I don’t believe those religions are true. And if they can offer better substantial and logical evidence for their truth, then that should be considered the ultimate truth. But they cannot, and to place them on an equal footing with Christianity is simply not a valid argument. They simply are not equal, it is a post-modernist assumption that has found it’s way into popular culture, and into our judicial system.
Others point to the establishment clause. Again, one has to look at a few aspects. Firstly, it is a very long and tenuous stretch to argue that school prayer leads to laws that establish a Christian theocracy. The opposite is more true, it leads to the establishment of an atheistic religion and the relativist culture which goes hand in hand with it, and leads to such asinine nonsense as criminally prosecuting people who pray in school.
Furthermore, the Florida Constitution leads with:
We, the people of the State of Florida, being grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, in order to secure its benefits, perfect our government, insure domestic tranquility, maintain public order, and guarantee equal civil and political rights to all, do ordain and establish this constitution.
It makes little sense to declare thanks to God as the Giver of liberty, yet deny their people the right to thank God for a meal. It is hypocritical, and is pandering to anti-Christian activism. It is pure and simple unjustified discrimination based on their belief in Christ.
This fight is not about Christians, it is about God. And as much as organizations want to argue for the right of individuals to not hear about God in schools, they cannot justify that without justifying the 1. the non-existence of God, and 2. the equality of Christianity with other religions which do not worship the Christian God.
Good luck with all that.