The Danielsville School District: A “Monumental” Issue

     In Danielsville, Georgia, a football monument that had Bible verses on it was given to the public school by a private group. After it was put in front of the school entrance, there were complaints from two Atheist groups as well as some of the Madison County School Board that it was offending to them, it went against the Separation of Church and State, and that they will go to court about it if the school didn’t remove the monument. The school obeyed and the monument was taken away. This action triggered a lot of complaints from the residents of the county.

     Might I say that the Christians deserved what they got. Even though it’s a public school, they had prayers and baptizing on the football fields. Georgia may claim to be a religious state but that shouldn’t give it an excuse to not follow the state and church separation. The separation isn’t something created to strangle religion. It’s meant to make calm atmospheres where people of other religion or no religion at all can feel more comfortable in the school environment.

     The first amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” which is explained to mean that the purpose of the amendment is that “it forbids…promoting one religion over othershttp://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/first_amendment . The school district failed to address this and it is because of their ignorance that we got in this mess in the first place.

     It is not a crime for people (and yes when I say “people” I mean living, breathing humans who walk among us) to stand up for their beliefs. They went forward and announced to the school board that they won’t accept Bible verses to represent themselves ,and that school( or Church as it turns out, since they baptize and pray out loud in that school as well) should be more considerate and not assume that everyone agrees with something because of the majority. You guys make such a fuss because you didn’t get your way, which I find disturbing.

     Another thing I find disturbing is that a guy who posted a comment on a site concerning the debate (Christopher Allen). Below is one of the comments he posted.

I, for one, am sick and tired of what these, so called, humans are doing, and it is way past time that our spineless governments, and “bodies”, stood up and say STOP; they are preying on OUR basic rights, more than we are theirs! I will be so glad when JESUS comes back and put’s a stop to all the madness that is going on in the world!
I can easily say to these people; go to hell, because that is where they are going! Then we will see how much they enjoy their freedom from religion! Why can’t we be free from their “religion”?

     In response to this statement, I say that you Christopher, are a cold person who probably has never met an atheist, and learned all about them on Fox News and other unreliable sources. According to the comments, you want us all to burn to death, to scare us into going into your religion. You say that its a choice whether we follow a guy who successfully got staked, or go burn in Hell and have everyone spit on your grave ’cause it doesn’t have a cross on it!

     FYI, “free from their ‘religion'”??? One, we don’t have a religion, idiot. But there are some groups called Unitarians and Humanists who share some traits with Christianity, to be kind, generous, and acceptable–wait- forget I said acceptable. Apparently that’s a trait that Unitarians only have. Two, you are free to practice your religion. I don’t get the “free from” concept. There are still Christian churches around, as well as crosses all around the place. I swear I would be a millionaire if I got a dollar for every cross I saw.

     Getting all that out, the point I’m trying to make is that I have relatives that are Christians, and they love me as I love them. So I say get over that crap about damnation, people! This has everything to do with accepting beliefs. People for some reason aren’t accepting the atheist’s belief that goes against their own belief. In other words its like this picture here…

     

   Now I agree that there are some non-believers out there who are psychos. But there are some who are all right with Christianity, but will speak out against those who oppress their belief. Some atheists are part of the government and are great people (for example, Pete Stark). People are allowed to follow their religion, but public school is different. Public schools are for people of all races and beliefs. To put a monument in front of the school is to say that you don’t care for the people who may have a different opinion.

     I personally think that the students there who encourage this kind of behavior should go to a Catholic school, where they can express their beliefs freely without any aggression. We atheists are not fighting your religious rights, but are standing up for The Separation of Church and State as well as people of different religions.

     Until the next time someone wants to call me a witch or pagan, this is what I have to say, thank you!

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