Banning Compulsory Prayer: Unamerican?
Jeff Crawford posted this recently at his blog regarding prayer at graduation ceremonies in Texas.
Wow. Is this really what things have degenerated to in the People’s Republic? We now must pass all public terminology through the federal filter police in order to avoid inflicting irreparable harm on students who single themselves out? Really? This is beyond ugly. It is censorship, it is offensive, it is scary, it is un-American, it is Unconstitutional, it is ridiculous, it is social engineering, it is Big Brother, it is tyranny of the minority, and a few other words I can think of. This should give every American, not just Christians, a chill. What Judge Biery did was freeze out free speech.
Christians still don’t see the problem with forced prayer in school. I am resigned to this. I think rhetoric will never make them understand. I believe the only path forward is to start including non-Christian prayers in school events and watch them flip their collective lids.
This post is for students. If you have a chance to speak at an event, here are some prayers you can say to make Christians realize that secularism is important. Please recite one of these prayers during the biggest school-sponsored ceremony you can:
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar.
“Allah is the Most Great.” (twice)
Ash-hadu an la ilah ella-Allah
“I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah.” (once)
Ash-hadu anna Muhammadan Rasul-ullah
“I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” (once)
“Hurry towards prayer.” (once)
“Hurry toward success.” (once)
Qad Qamatis-Salat, Qad Qamatis-Salat,
“The time of prayer has come.” (twice)
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar.
“Allah is the Most Great” (twice)
La illah illa-Allah
“None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.” (once)
Vamshee vibhooshita karaan navaneeradaabhaat
Peetaambaraadaruna bimbaphalaa dharoshthaat;
Poornendusundara mukhaad aravinda netraat
Krishnaat param kimapi tattwam aham na jaane.
MEANING: I know not any other Reality than the lotus-eyed Krishna with hands adorned with flute, looking like a heavy-laden cloud in lustre, wearing a yellow silk garment, with His lower lip like a ruddy bimba fruit, and with face shining like the full moon.
Our brains, which art in our heads, treasured be thy names. Thy reasoning come. The best you can do be done on earth as it is. Give us this day new insight to resolve conflicts and ease pain. And lead us not into supernatural explanations, deliver us from denial of logic. For thine is the kingdom of reason, and even though thy powers are limited, and you’re not always glorious, you are the best evolutionary adaptation we have for helping this earth now and forever and ever. So be it.
So go forth and pray at major events for the wrong religion. I want to see how upset they get so I can say the same thing to them that they’re saying to us now: “What’s the problem?”