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Nov 04 2013

More Allegations in Mississippi Church/State Suit

In April, the American Humanist Association sued the school system in Rankin County, Mississippi over a mandatory school assembly that was little more than a sermon from a minister. Now video of that assembly and new allegations are surfacing about how deeply the school is involved in Christian proselytizing. You can see some of that video here. And here are the new allegations:

Another allegation in Rankin County claims a Christian minister was given access to the lunchroom at Northshore Elementary School and approached a Muslim child. Classmates were told to pray for her because she was going to hell.

The fight over religious boundaries is becoming more apparent in a school district tucked deeply in the Bible belt. The district, at first, considered banning ministers from attending lunch with children, but in the end, allowed it.

“We want to follow the law. We want to follow School Board policy. We understand freedom of speech and we want to do what’s right here in Rankin County,” said Richard Morrison, the assistant superintendent for the school district.

Seriously, how did Morrison get his job? This case has precisely nothing to do with freedom of speech. Absolutely nothing. A minister doesn’t have a free speech right to come on campus and proselytize students, nor does anyone have a free speech right to give a religious school assembly.

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  1. 1
    cptdoom

    Harassing a child of a different faith – that’s EXACTLY what the rabbi Jesus of Nazareth taught.

  2. 2
    Pierce R. Butler

    How do we know that the little Muslim girl wasn’t a Terrorist Anchor Baby™?

    I bet she couldn’t even show him her long-form birth certificate!

  3. 3
    John Pieret

    Seriously, how did Morrison get his job? This case has precisely nothing to do with freedom of speech.

    As might be expected, they are claiming the assemblies were “student led.” No doubt they will claim it is a matter of the free speech of the students. Not very believable, since the school endorsed it by making it an official school function. Of course, even that lame excuse is no answer to allowing ministers to enter the lunchroom to proselytize.

  4. 4
    Modusoperandi

    Mississippi’s two-step plan to raise it from 49th among states for education:
    1. Religious assemblies during class time.
    2. Harassing the Muslim girl.

    Another allegation in Rankin County claims a Christian minister was given access to the lunchroom at Northshore Elementary School and approached a Muslim child. Classmates were told to pray for her because she was going to hell.

    See? Religion does bring people together!
     
    cptdoom “Harassing a child of a different faith – that’s EXACTLY what the rabbi Jesus of Nazareth taught.”
    Haven’t you read the Parable of the Popular Majority?

  5. 5
    dugglebogey

    “We want to do what’s right here in Rankin County,”

    In other words, take your constitution and go fuck yourself, we’ll decide what’s write and wrong!

  6. 6
    dugglebogey

    Er….right and wrong… my bad.

  7. 7
    grumpyoldfart

    Referring to cptdoom Comment #1

    I think Jesus was OK with harrassing children of different faiths. He was interested only in protecting his own – with very harsh penalties for those who went against him: If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. (Matthew 18:6)

  8. 8
    paulg

    If those allegations are true, imagine the scenario in the lunchroom for that little girl. He should have his ass handed to him.

  9. 9
    smrnda

    I’m starting to wonder if it would be better to remove the ‘student led’ loophole that enables religious activity in schools. Particularly when it’s a religious assembly for the most popular religion, I find it possible that any student who steps forward to ‘lead’ may simply have been groomed to do so by an adult employee of the school. Perhaps private prayers can be tolerated, but they should be something discrete which could never be mistaken for something official.

    An inconsistency I note are people who demand that schools not attempt to change students’ ‘fixed beliefs’ (such as teaching kids evolution) but are happy to do so when the kid in question isn’t Christian. I hope that girl and her family can find some mans to sue the ass of the school. If anything, this idiot preacher could be setting her up for years of bullying and being ostracized by his actions.

  10. 10
    sqlrob

    @cptdoom, #1:

    Yeah, pretty much.

    “Thou shalt have no gods before me”

    “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” – Jesus in John 15:6

  11. 11
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    “…a Christian minister was given access to the lunchroom at Northshore Elementary School and approached a Muslim child. Classmates were told to pray for her because she was going to hell.”

    What the ever loving fuck!? And this pillock Morrison thinks that the minister has a “free speech” right to do that, does he? Dickhead. Assuming he took no action to stop a repeat of that or similar instances, he ought to lose his job. That poor child is probably feeling ridiculously alienated and suffering from all sorts of bullying now, thanks to being singled out like that.

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