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Paszkiewicz Still Doesn’t Get It

I wrote recently about David Paszkiewicz, the teacher who used — and apparently continues to use — his position as a public school history teacher to preach to his students. I recently interviewed Matt LaClair, the student who recorded him doing so, and he said that Paszkiewicz still doesn’t understand that what he did was wrong. Someone left a link in a comment that shows this to be true.

The link is to a column at Breakpoint where a Christian offered a solution to the prayer mural controversy involving Jessica Ahlquist. The writer suggested a better way to handle the court’s ruling that the mural be taken down:

I recommend that the students of Cranston High School West meditate on the words of the very prayer they are so determined to preserve. It’s time for the students to take the prayer down from the gymnasium wall where it has been collecting dust, and actually recite it daily.

How can they do that, you may ask?

Well, Rhode Island has a law requiring a daily moment of silent meditation. It reads as follows:

“16-12-3.1 Period of silent meditation. — At the opening of every school day in all grades in all public schools the teacher in charge of the room in which each class is held shall announce that a period of silence not to exceed one minute in duration shall be observed for meditation, and during this period silence shall be maintained and no activities engaged in.”

I recommend that the school’s Christian club print the “School Prayer” on a small card and distribute it to every student on campus. The club can then encourage students to silently read the card every day during the mandatory period of silent meditation.

If the school doesn’t have a Christian club, I recommend they start one immediately. Under the Equal Access Act, if the school has any non-curricular clubs, it cannot deny a Christian club from starting — even if the club’s sole purpose is to distribute the “prayer cards.” Imagine the good that could result if even half of the 1,750 students at Cranston High started their day reading the prayer card.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the good students of Cranston High to do what the makers of the banner intended 50 years ago — actually pray the prayer. Symbolism has its place. But given the choice between symbolism and substance, I’ll take substance every time.

Of course, saying a prayer is just as symbolic of putting it on the wall since there’s no one to listen to the prayers. But at least this person is telling them to stop abusing Jessica Ahlquist and to actually put the ideas expressed in that prayer — kindness and fair play — into practice instead. David Paszkiewicz left this paranoid and ridiculous comment:

Awesome idea Eric! And then when they find a way to deny the kids their Christian Club we can come back to this blog and pontificate on how the “noble” thing for a Christian to do is to meekly surrender and go home and meditate silently in our basements. Afterall, we don’t want to confront the culture and make a stand for Christ now do we? Wake up! The Community needs to take a stand by flooding the school board meetings. No one is forced to pray that prayer. The Atheist student doesn’t have to look at it if she doesn’t want to.

Notice the entirely unwarranted paranoia. They can’t stop the Christian club from forming; federal law explicitly allows it and many court rulings have supported it. There are literally thousands of Christian clubs in public schools around the country. One would think that might be enough to convince Paszkiewicz that he’s being absurdly paranoid, but that would require rethinking his entire stance and he’s not capable of doing that. He bases his entire worldview on the absurd notion that Christians are terribly persecuted in this country and that they must “make a stand for Christ” in the face of oppressive laws that don’t allow him to treat a public school classroom as a Sunday school classroom.

Comments

  1. Mr Ed says

    “noble” thing for a Christian to do is to meekly surrender

    I believe it was Buddha who had some words of wisdom on this point, “turn the other cheek.”

  2. says

    Um. I’m totally cool with that.

    If the Christian Club passes out cards to its members to silently reflect on the school prayer, then cool. Go right ahead and do that, I’ll be right here honoring your capability to do that.

    If no faculty members are involved, the silent reflection doesn’t end up impacting other students, and it’s not forced upon students who don’t want to do it, then that’s your right as a United States citizen.

  3. Doug Little says

    and pontificate on how the “noble” thing for a Christian to do is to meekly surrender and go home and meditate silently in our basements.

    Isn’t this actually the Xian thing to do.

  4. hexidecima says

    Mr. Paszkiewicz is indeed a paranoid fool. He’s also one of those Christians who want to claim that JC said to “take a stand for him”, but alas for David, JC never says this. Turn the other cheek, being humble, being so nice to people that you “heap coals upon their head”, do not judge, etc. David’s militant hypocrisy demonstrates again that religion is simply made up by humans to give some magical “approval” to their actions.

  5. sqlrob says

    And then when they find a way to deny the kids their Christian Club we can come back to this blog and pontificate on how the “noble” thing for a Christian to do is to meekly surrender and go home and meditate silently in our basements.

    You know, he’s right! Let’s put up an inspirational Bible Verse on the cafeteria wall to read, after all, where else can you get morals?

    I recommend Matthew 6:6.

    /snark

  6. Abby Normal says

    I came across the following this morning. It’s probably old, but it was new to me.

    Religion is like a penis.
    It’s fine to have one.
    It’s fine to be proud of it.
    But please don’t whip it out in public and start waving it around.
    And PLEASE don’t try to shove it down my children’s throats.

  7. raven says

    Mr. Paszkiewicz is indeed a paranoid fool. He’s also one of those Christians who want to claim that JC said to “take a stand for him”, but alas for David, JC never says this.

    Xians say this a lot. The school board member at Dover who perjured himself said the same thing.

    Why does Jesus who is god, need Paszkiewicz to “take a stand for him”. Jesus is supposedly the all powerful, omniscient creator and adminstrator of a vast universe.

    Is Jesus sick, drunk, or just doesn’t care any more.

    A lot of xians claim their gods are all powerful and then act like they…don’t really exist.

  8. says

    “…we can come back to this blog and pontificate on how the “noble” thing for a Christian to do is to meekly surrender and go home and meditate silently in our basements.”

    Oh, you mean the way that Jesus Christ actually said to do (Matthew 6:6)?

    http://bible.cc/matthew/6-6.htm

    King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
    But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

    International Standard Version (©2008)
    But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees from the hidden place will reward you.

  9. 'Tis Himself says

    American Christians like to pretend they’re a persecuted group in the US. They also claim a majority of Americans are Christians and therefore the US is a “Christian country.” I wish they’d take one stand and stick with it instead of swapping between the two. I realize they switch claims depending on which one suits the particular argument they’re making.

  10. d cwilson says

    Persecution (n): 1) The act of taking away the privileged position in society and government that my religion is entitled to. 2) The act of preventing me from using the power of government coerce others into following the rules of my religion. 3) The absurd notion that other religions/beliefs have the same rights as my religion.

    From the Religious Reich dictionary.

  11. Abby Normal says

    American Christians like to pretend they’re a persecuted group in the US. They also claim a majority of Americans are Christians and therefore the US is a “Christian country.”

    Given the Christian tradition of self-flagellation, these are not mutually exclusive statements. It’s rather like the Republican position that the government is incompetent and corrupt, beliefs they prove true whenever they’re in power.

  12. footface says

    When your god is great for having been sacrificed, for having endured torment upon torment, for being the Flayed One, is it any surprise that you must view yourself as persecuted and opposed at every turn? It’s the only way Christians can feel important.

  13. Chris from Europe says

    When I watched the documentation about the case on YouTube, I pitied the family of Paszkiewicz. But after reading this, I’m convinced that he needs to be fired.

  14. dan4 says

    @11: “From the Religious Reich dictionary”

    Paszkiewicz is a fool, but did you have to Godwin up the thread? Many Christians actually fought AGAINST Hitler (some of them even died), during WWII.

  15. Rip Steakface says

    Paszkiewicz is a fool, but did you have to Godwin up the thread? Many Christians actually fought AGAINST Hitler (some of them even died), during WWII.

    Considering Hitler was a Christian too, and what Paszkiewicz is doing is rather authoritarian, it’s fully within his right. Ironic, considering that Paszkiewicz is probably of Polish descent, and they got hit hard as hell thanks to authoritarian regimes (both Nazi and Soviet).

  16. dingojack says

    Dan –
    Many Some Christians actually fought AGAINST Hitler (some of them even died), during WWII, the vast majority didn’t‘.

    FTFY

    Dingo

  17. Akira MacKenzie says

    dan4:

    Your concern is noted… and ignored.

    P.S. Fuck that stuck up pseudo-intellectual like him. When an analogy fits, wear it–especially when it’s totalitarian fanatics (i.e. Conservative Christians) being compared to other totalitarian fanatics (i.e. Nazi Germany). Never again.

  18. Akira MacKenzie says

    P.S. Sorry…. coffee hasn’t fully kicked in yet. The Start of that P.S. should have went:

    “Fuck Godwin and other stuck-up pseudo-intellectuals like him.”

  19. d cwilson says

    Paszkiewicz is a fool, but did you have to Godwin up the thread? Many Christians actually fought AGAINST Hitler (some of them even died), during WWII.

    So what? You could find Christians on both sides, then and now. If you don’t like conservative Christians being compared to fascists, then tell them to stop acting like them.

  20. kermit. says

    Matthew 6:6 is followed by another (Matthew 6:7!), which also seems appropriate:
    “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.”

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