It’s time for another game of “Wheel of Potential Lawsuit,” where today’s victim — self-inflicted, as usual in these situations — is a school district in Arkansas that doesn’t understand how this whole “separation of church and state” thing works and announced on Facebook that they would be busing students to a nearby church for a National Day of Prayer event.
After a while, you’d think they would learn.
The National Day of Prayer is a waste of tax dollars, a waste of government resources, and an offense to any right-thinking adult. It exists because Americans have never read Matthew 6:5, and is blatant infraction between the separation of church and state.
It was one of the laws enacted in 1952, during the height of the Second Red Scare, in an attempt to distinguish us from those godless commies. It became a major feature of the religious right in the 1980s, and while it’s been challenged, nobody’s succeeded getting the statute removed.
And one school district is taking advantage of this to cram faith down their students’ throats.
Posting on Facebook, the Jessieville School District reminded parents that they were going to be busing children to a nearby church for an event associated with the National Day of Prayer, saying:
This, as you can imagine, went over well with the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FRFF). When Blogger J.T. Eberhard pointed it out, FFRF Attorney Andrew Seidel noted on Twitter that they were already looking into it:
The FFRF indeed moved quickly. Even though the school emphasized that it was “completely voluntary,” the FFRF rejected it, and in a letter to school, warned that it was a “constitutional violation” and that they were better calling off the trip completely:
The school excludes non-Christian and non-religious students by coordinating a trip for prayer at a church. The fact that participation or attendance is voluntary is not a valid safeguard. Courts have summarily rejected arguments that voluntariness excuses a constitutional violation.
— Andrew Seidel (@AndrewLSeidel) May 4, 2016
The post was yanked from the Facebook page and later, on Wednesday, made the district made a Facebook post noting that the district would not be providing transportation.
It’s good to know that that the district values the educational time of their students. How about, instead of a field trip to a church for some silly prayer event, the school uses that money to go on a field trip to a museum, where the kids can learn about natural history?
It’s a lot more productive and probably a lot cooler.
Feature image via Facebook