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This is good news. However, it should be noted that there is a difference between being a non-believer and not attending church regularly. Mixing believers who don't go to church much with non-believers has led to skewed results in past studies. If the details tease out as they have in the past, it's people who live their convictions who have better outcomes, and 'wishy-washy' people have more trouble in life.
When you break a fair law that doesn't allow atheists, Muslims, or Wiccans to religiously influence your children because you think Christian government school teachers should get to religiously influence THEIR children, you criminalize yourself. It's not unfair for Christians to have to follow the same rules as everyone else.
It's going to be predictable. The matter has been settled in court before, multiple times. This specific matter (coaches leading students in prayer) has been settled in court before. There's a term for people who do the same thing over and over but expect different results.
Have you noticed that once they get your money, you don't have much say in what they do with it?
Yeah, there's no reason why they should complain anonymously. It's not like Christians wouldn't 'put them in their place'. The law isn't on your side when it comes to government employees religiously influencing a captive audience of children. Have you considered not being for breaking the law?
Expecting the minority to shut up and be respectful while the majority uses government resources to support its religious practices is not 'respect for minority opinions' at all. Some Christian students sit together and pray during lunch? That should be respected, as long as they're not disruptive; as should Buddhist students exercising the same priviledge. Bible verses read by students over the intercom are fine as long as students who don't consider the Bible their book have an equal opportunity to read their important writings over the intercom as well. The Pledge is a legal activity in American government schools, and you're doing the good job you're supposed to do with the Jehovah's Witness kids (and thank you for your service). Government teachers leading children in prayer is not. A teacher may not influence children in where, when, how, or whether to pray, in the context of the school envirionment. They can influence their heads off on the children in their Sunday School class.
The point of government neutrality toward religion is it may promote neither religion nor irreligion. It would have to be a weak religion indeed to be threatened simply by not getting the same special treatment no other religion gets. If a coach encourages atheism, the same legal recourse is available, and if I found out about it first, I'd be the first to contact someone about the violation. Why so many Christians are happy to have teachers break the law for Jesus is a mystery to me.
Not at the direction of government employees.
Nope. Madison (aka, the Father of the Constitution) said "The civil Government, though bereft of everything like an associated hierarchy, possesses the requisite stability, and performs its functions with complete success, whilst the number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people, have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the State." (Letter to Robert Walsh, Mar. 2, 1819).
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