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Lake Public Schools: We Value Belief In God

By The Reverend Published: August 28, 2009

It seems that the Lake Local School district is being challenged by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Lake Local Schools, a public school system just south of my old stomping grounds, has this sentence in their "mission statement"..........

We Value: Responsibility, honesty, respect, integrity, commitment, belief in God and religious freedom, our community, our partnerships, and every person as a unique individual with the ability to acquire and apply knowledge.

Here's what the Freedom From Religion Foundation thought of that sentence....

Annie Laurie Gaylor, Freedom From Religion Foundation co-president, called the statement “shocking” and “one of the most egregious” violations she has seen of the Constitution’s language separating church and state.

Ohio.com picked up the AP story and has a lively comment section going.

If you recall, I wrote a couple days ago about the Texas Theo-cons and their Magic Book.

So now Ohio has it's own Theo-con outbreak over a non-religious group challenging a very obvious violation of the establishment clause of the first amendment in Lake Local School's official mission statement. Lake Local School officials framed the values they held, and those values include "belief in god." Those officials intend to educate all of the district's public school children with those "values" as the basis. Otherwise, why explain the values in the first place?

I can't tell you how long I've been opposing the crusades of the Theocons. Evangelical Christians, who make up a large portion of the American Theo-cons, insist that bringing god into public schools will make our children better, families more secure, communities all like Ward and June's in Leave It To Beaver.

The truth is that the divorce rates and pre-marital sex rates of all those evangelicals, who live only to serve their lord, are the same as the masses of American heathens. The reason these Theo-cons, whether trying to Christianize Lake Schools or over in Green where evangelical anti-abortionists drove out a legal abortion provider......the lesson is the same.....Evangelical Christians have nothing to offer a modern world. Evangelical Christians only have myths and superstition to offer.....their message is powerless....their credibility fading...and so in desperation, they seek to co-opt the power of the government to help them bail out a sinking ship.

Others don't see it like I do. Like, for example, these two Canton Repository online commenters....

ddpleasant

People who point out that the first ammend restricts the expression of religioin by the govenment quote the first part 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.' The however neglect the second part 'or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.'

Lake Township Schools is not promoting any one religion, they are expressing a belief in freedom of religion. This is an act the is specifically protect by the second part. Lake Township Schools is not congress, and it did not make a law. When the courts have ruled that against this kind of speach, in my humble opinion, I feel they have over reached.

Is it willfull blindness, or what?

This is what the mission statement says....

We Value: Responsibility, honesty, respect, integrity, commitment, belief in God and religious freedom, our community, our partnerships, and every person as a unique individual with the ability to acquire and apply knowledge.

It's like the "belief in god" part doesn't exist.

GregRoth....

Lake Township Schools is not promoting any one religion, they are expressing a belief in freedom of religion. This is an act the is specifically protect by the second part. Lake Township Schools is not congress, and it did not make a law. When the courts have ruled that against this kind of speach, in my humble opinion, I feel they have over reached.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation is an organization of atheists and agnostics who desire to impose their will on others by using the legal system to force compliance to their BELIEFS. They call themselves free thinkers but discount anyone who disagrees with their philosophy. They are antagonistic to anyone of faith in a supreme being in any religion. They call themselves free thinkers and only acknowledge those who agree with them. They use their organization to demean anyone who is of faith that that does not include their faith in a natural world without a god of any kind. They have the ear of many on the left and support much of the causes of the left in this nation. There goal is to eradicate any form of religion in this nation and impose their faith in atheism.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation tries to use its threats of lawsuits as a way of intimidating small government entities like school districts that are always strapped for funds. That is wrong. Federal and State governments have been taken to court over the use of 'God' in buildings. This group tried to stop President Obama from putting his hand on the Christian Bible the same reasons as they attack the schools. It did not work. If they had their way all expressions of religion would be eliminated. They do not understand that the First Amendment says 'freedom of religion' and not freedom from religion. The Founders never intended to eliminate religion but to allow Americans to practice freely their faith and religion as they wanted without government interference. It is that simple.

You see? It's as if the government being prohibited by the first amendment from establishing religion does not exist at all. The amendment clearly states "religion".....not Christianity, not a Protestant denomination, not Islam, not Judaism......"religion." To assert in a public school mission statement that, "We value....belief in god", is the very essence of government establishing religion.

Here's the Freedom From Religion Foundation's...umm...mission statment....

"The nonprofit Freedom From Religion Foundation works to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism, and to promote the constitutional principle of separation between church and state.

Since 1978, the Foundation has acted on countless violations of the separation of state and church, and has taken and won many significant complaints and important lawsuits to end state/church entanglements and challenge the “faith-based initiative.”

Here's a couple of good videos, where Annie Laurie Gaylor from the Freedom From Religion Foundation states the facts to a theo-con.

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