Who is Alline Kent? A columnist for a newspaper in Georgia who is quite upset about a possible legal challenge to the schools in Houston County. And she seems completely flummoxed at the idea that school officials can’t proselytize kids and tell them to pray:
It seems strange that I, a lowly columnist, have more rights than the superintendent of the Houston County schools system, but it seems that in one area I do.
Our superintendent, Robin Hines, invoked the wrath of an atheist watchdog group when he dared suggest to graduating seniors at one of Houston County’s commencement ceremonies in May that they live a life that includes faith in God.
According to the atheists, the United States Constitution forbids Hines, or for that matter anyone else associated with the school system, to tell our students to seek out God or to pray for God’s guidance. But that same Constitution gives me as a writer with a newspaper the explicit right.
The stupid is strong with this one. She simply doesn’t notice the difference between a school superintendent, a government official, paid with tax dollars, dealing with students who are compelled by law to attend school, and a newspaper writer working for a private company who is only read by those who choose to read what she writes. That doesn’t mean she has “more rights” than the superintendent because the superintendent, when acting in his official capacity, does not have rights — he is, in that capacity, the government, and the government has authorities, not rights. What the government does not have is the authority to tell a captive audience, especially of young people, that they must follow a particular religion. And I have no doubt that Kent would recognize that distinction clearly and immediately the instant that a school superintendent told kids to turn their lives over to Allah or Vishnu.
We have the best schools in Middle Georgia, some of the best schools in the state and country. Do you really think it is coincidence that our schools are so good and that the people that run them seek out God’s guidance?
Why yes, I do. Because guess what? Every single school in America is has teachers and administrators who “seek out God’s guidance.” Some are good schools, some are bad schools — and God doesn’t have a damn thing to do with it. Whatever school you went to, however, should really be ashamed of the utter lack of critical thinking skills you acquired.