Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Secular America

The founding fathers would be so proud...

"An atheist couple whose children attend a Carrollton-Farmers Branch elementary school have filed a complaint in federal district court arguing that the state's mandated moment of silence in public schools is unconstitutional.

David and Shannon Croft named the school district and Gov. Rick Perry in their complaint, filed Friday. In it, they say one of their children was told by a teacher to be quiet because the minute is a "time for prayer."

"I do not believe there is any secular reason for a moment of silence," said Mr. Croft, 37, a computer programmer. "This is just a ruse to get prayer in school without calling it prayer in school. Is there any study showing a moment of silence helps education?"

School district spokeswoman Angela Shelley said she could not comment about the complaint because the district had not received a copy." (source)

Could a "moment of silence" actually offend anyone? Shouldn't any minority (and Atheists are a tiny minority) realize that when they push beyond what is a reasonable objection it really diminishes any tolerance... Atheists are incapable of reflection? Something like this just makes me think these parents are willing to humiliate and alienate their children to make a political statement.

Oh, and I can't believe I forgot to link this story the other day. Apparently, if you're a pedophile in California the Supreme Court thinks that's okay if you stick to oral sex with your victims...

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