I’m down at the schoolyard with placard in hand
And I’m trying my best to make kids understand
Though the school may be following the law of the land
The bible has something to say
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The theories in science the district has taught
Are not properly grounded in biblical thought
And all of your learning will soon come to naught
If you don’t make some changes today!
I’m attending five churches, four services a week
But it’s not just myself whose salvation I seek
I’ve fought for my rights, and I use them to speak
And to give kids protection, I pray
It’s Satan who’s guiding these atheist fools
So I’m picketing daily in front of the schools
And demanding big changes from secular rules
Because it’s the Merriken way
Every weekday morning you can see him along busy West Duval Street. Sign in hand, Kenny Merriken has been picketing the Columbia County School District offices for about four months.
Merriken, 63, also pickets during school board meetings and sometimes on Saturdays if there are cars in the parking lot.
He has had some real adversity in his life (homeless and penniless not long ago), and credits his Christian faith with turning him around. He actually reminds me quite a bit of someone I know in real life, also a Vietnam era vet, also whose religion is credited with helping him (as did a lot of real people, including the VA, but God takes credit for them as well), also who is still a very fragile man who struggles with life. I can’t feel anything but pity for Mr. Merriken, when I see my friend in statements like this:
Merriken said he attends about five churches and sometimes up to four services a week. When he tells area church pastors what he is doing, Merriken said, the pastors tell him to keep up his work and that they are praying for him.
People are sometimes very delicate and breakable–even apparently strong and assertive protesters. Perhaps if we had a better safety net, perhaps if a generation of returning veterans hadn’t been ignored, Merriken might be a completely different person now.
What a waste.