Religious Tolerance is such a misunderstood concept. It was meant to mean we should be tolerant of all religion, yet it was perverted a long time ago. That perversion has only become more extreme in the post-9/11 era.
Take, for example, the case of Mr. Jody McLoud. In 2000, Mr. McLoud was the Principal of Roane County High School in Kingston, Tennessee.
The United States Supreme Court had recently ruled that prayer in school was against the law. Ludicrous, of course, but the highest court in the land is often out of touch with reality.
In their ruling Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, they said:
The Court bases its conclusion that the true purpose of the policy is to endorse student prayer on its view of the school district's history of Establishment Clause violations and the context in which the policy was written, that is, as "the latest step in developing litigation brought as a challenge to institutional practices that unquestionably violated the Establishment Clause."
In a word... Bullshit.
Outside of the Second Amendment, the so-called Establishment Clause of the First Amendment is probably the most misunderstood and misapplied Amendment of the US Constitution!
The wall of separation is not in law (in principle, not practice) nor Constitution. It WAS in a letter – Thomas Jefferson’s Jan 1, 1802 letter, called the Wall of Separation Letter, was to the Danbury Baptist Association.
The Danbury Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut sent a letter, dated October 7, 1801, to the newly elected President Thomas Jefferson, expressing concern over the lack in their state constitution of explicit protection of religious liberty, and against a government establishment of religion.
The Danbury Baptist Association's religious beliefs were that church and state had to be separate.
They wrote, "Our Sentiments are uniformly on the side of Religious Liberty — That Religion is at all times and places a matter between God and individuals — That no man ought to suffer in name, person, or effects on account of his religious Opinions — That the legitimate Power of civil government extends no further than to punish the man who works ill to his neighbor..."
Jefferson wrote back that he concurred with them. This is not law, however, legal precedent has observed the alleged wall for most of the 20th century. In theory this should mean that the state has no influence to control religion, in practice this is not so. It has also been taken to mean that when a conservative candidate speaks in a church or to a religious audience, leftists cry and whine. When a libtard speaks to a religious group somewhere, its ok.
In response to that asinine ruling, Principal Jody McLoud gave the following speech:
It has always been the custom at Roane County High School football games to say a prayer and play the National Anthem to honor God and Country.
Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that saying a prayer is a violation of Federal Case Law.
As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility to approve of sexual perversion and call it an alternate lifestyle, and if someone is offended, that's OK.
I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity by dispensing condoms and calling it safe sex. If someone is offended, that's OK.
I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing an unborn baby
as a viable means of birth control. If someone is offended, it's no problem.
I can designate a school day as earth day and involve students in activities to religiously worship and praise the goddess, mother earth, and call it ecology.
I can use literature, videos and presentations in the classroom that depict people with strong, traditional, Christian convictions as simple minded and ignorant and call it enlightenment.
However, if anyone uses this facility to honor God and ask Him to bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, Federal Case Law is violated.
This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, diabolical.
Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone except God and His Commandments.
Nevertheless, as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and students to abide by rules that they do not necessarily agree. For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at best, and at worst, hypocritical. I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally. I certainly do not need to add an intentional transgression.
For this reason, I shall render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and refrain from praying at this time. However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank God, and ask Him in the name of Jesus to bless this event, please feel free to do so. As far as I know, that's not against the law — yet.
Showing their appreciation for the speech as well as their own private religious conviction, one by one, the people in the stands bowed their heads, held hands with one another, and began to pray.
They prayed in the stands.
They prayed in the team huddles.
They prayed at the concession stand, and they prayed in the announcer's box.
The only place they didn't pray was in the Supreme Court of the United States of America — the so-called seat of "justice" of "One Nation Under God."
Why is this important and what's it got to do with the title of this article?
For today in America, while Christians are forbidden to pray in schools, devotees of Islam are not only allowed, but encouraged to pray in schools.
That is nothing if not hypocrisy at it's best.