Pay Attention In Class

The Ken Ham debate demonstrates one of the cardinal issues with regards to the American School system. In trying to get students to jump through the hoop of the standardised test we fail to educate them. We forget that education is for life rather than solely for the test.

This story comes from the usual sources. The Christian Post’s got high praise for this one. It’s about a “T-Shirt Ministry”, or the usage of a T-Shirt to circumvent the law. Basically? A Rusk High school had a Christian poster up that clearly broke the establishment clause and thus was opposed resulting in its removal. 

This was not acceptable to Cameron Franks. Due to this slight he was torn up inside. The poster consisted of a crucifix and the text of Romans 1:16.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes:first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

This is where education is important. A proper education. An education that includes historical events where this line brought salvation in the form of torture, rape, pillage and death. In the guise of civilising the savage, Christianity achieved many lofty achievements in the “godly” field of the decimation of culture excused by the notion that it was “salvation” and a “good thing”.

Why was it a good thing? Because it saved those heathens from hell, better to burn to death than to burn in hell after all.

I fear Franks has not understood the problem. Not only was the poster deeply offensive to any culture that has been subject to the tender ministrations of Christianity, but also ignores the centuries of oppression levelled at Jews who “refused” this salvation.

If these T-Shirts are allowed into schools then surely it’s no different than me producing a million gods t-shirt complete with upside down cross. It expresses an equally valid viewpoint. That there are millions of gods that we consider fictious, why on earth must we regard your one to be particularly special and real.

Had this poster been an Islamic one, we would have had no qualms in tearing it down.

“There’s no limit to what can happen as far as what God can do,” said Noel. “I’m not going to ever try to put Him in a box again because He’s proven me wrong so many times.”

Judges 1:19 mate.

And people liking your T-Shirt and it’s rather defiant message of “If God is on our Side, We Cannot Lose” made it a success, not the divine intervention of a god in order to flog T-shirts. I mean there are people who die daily of cancer, AIDS and preventable diseases and your god is more interested in flogging T-Shirts. Do you have any idea how ludicrous it sounds?

That there not only exists an all powerful being with incredible powers but he uses it to flog T-shirts in a quiet planet in an enormous universe.

People from around the nation have called about the shirts, says Noel, and local churches from a variety of denominations have expressed their support by offering donations. All of the money that is donated, he says, will go directly toward purchasing shirts.

Dear Atheists, if you want to donate money to a cause that is good and worthwhile? I am currently raising money for the victims of Acid Attacks. Broken record, I know. But this is a serious drive to flog T-Shirts to spread the word of god because a school enforced a law.

“What we’re trying to do is get enough donations from individuals so that every child in the school district that wants one to wear and may not be able to afford it can have that free,” he said.

Yes, the entire plan is to circumvent the law. To utilise free speech to turn a school into a hostile environment for anyone non-Christian. It is not illegal, it’s just a dick move. It is just a method of introducing your private faith into a public space designed for learning and detract from an education system widely considered to be failing kids.

Rather than spend the money on books, better school meals, more comprehensive sport, better science. We are spending money on making sure our children believe in fairy tales. And then we wonder why they are so poorly equipped for the real world. Prayer doesn’t achieve anything. Neither does quoting scripture.

Cameron says the teacher who was required to take down the poster gave it to him after news broke about his ministry. The poster is now hanging on a wall in his family’s home.

That’s fine, the rest of it is still stupid.

“We’ve walked our halls for four years and we’ve been persecuted and called hypocrites and everybody that’s a Christian, I’m sure they’ve had that time in their life when they’ve been persecuted and I knew it was time to take a stand,”

Do you even understand the hypocrisy of speaking about persecution when you have a poster up in your room that sums up the excuses given during slavery, colonialism and the various pogroms against Jews? A line that explicitly encourages Christians to force their superstition on others.

This is a statement of such incredible ignorance and privilege that all that’s going through my head is laughter. Sad laughter at someone who has never suffered persecution that a simple loss of a poster is considered “too much”.


  1. noastronomer says

    “…and called hypocrites…”

    Oh that’s just because they’re wearing clothes of wool *and* linen. Probably.


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