THEIST_WATCH Msg : 6 Written : 06/13/94 05:17pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : A

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THEIST_WATCH Msg : 6 Written : 06/13/94 05:17pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Bible as Textbook HISTORY IN THE BIBLE? They can't get it in any other way, so numerous school boards across the nation and insisting that the Bible must be brought into classrooms to teach history, grammar, and literature. American Atheists pity any poor kid who learns that the Red Sea parted, that J.C. walked on water, that bushes burned and talked to prophets of the lord, or that one can live in the desert for forty years with only manna from heaven for food. Yet this is serious stuff for school officials, school boards, and politicians across the land. And we are not talking about Mississippi or Alabama. The thrust of all this comes from Virginia, and North Carolina. This is all under the banner of "turning around" our nation- without-morals. In fact, the mayor of Bristol, Virginia, put it this way: [a]t no time shall a prayer be made, nor is there to be any discussion as to redemption of the soul, salvation, hereafter preditions, sin, born-again desire or any statement concerning religion, _except as stated in the Bible._ THEIST_WATCH Msg : 11 Written : 06/15/94 06:19pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Religion & Schools A federal court has ruled that public school students have the right to conduct missionary efforts in school. Apparently, in October 1992, a thirteen-year-old girl at Lime Street Elementary School in Lakeland, Florida, asked permission to handout religious pamphlets during "non-instructional" time. The flyers concerned Jews for Jesus, alternatives for Halloween, and other religious topics. The principal of the school forbade her to hand them out and threw out the pamphlets. On Thursday, June 9, a U.S. district judge ruled that the youngster's "free speech" rights were violated and that the school had discriminated against the material based solely on its content. The school board is considering whether to appeal that ruling. The young girl has spent the last school year at Evangel Christian School, but is now considering returning to public school. Why? "I really want to be able to hand out tracts. God wants you to tell the people about him." In other words, your kids aren't safe from missionaries even when they are in the classroom. THEIST_WATCH Msg : 15 Written : 06/26/94 12:20am From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : America Superior By Law More of The Same Earlier in the year a Lake County, Florida, school board (backed by the Christian Coalition) introduced a course on "American Value" which taught that the United States was "superior" to all other cultures, historical and contemporary. Now a similar course is set to be require in New York City - and that ain't the Bible Belt. The proposal would mandate all Community School Board 24 students in Corona (Queens) be taught: [t]hat our American heritage and culture - such as our republican form of government, capitalism, a free enterprise system, patriotism, strong family values, freedom of religion, and other basic values that are uniquely American and Western - are clearly and unquestionably superior to all other foreign or historic cultures. THEIST_WATCH Msg : 19 Written : 06/30/94 05:00pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Anything for the Lord Anything for the Lord It comes out in the least suspected ways. For example, now it appears that the Great State of Texas in 1991 passed a law making state-to-church funding arrangements kosher. The law permits school districts to divert funding to groups that teach children who are not succeeding in public school. The first collaboration effort was with the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans in Houston, which ran the Sanchez school for dropouts. That school graduated fifty-eight students last year. Now, the A.A. McCardell Academy, operated by Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, has accepted seventy-five students who can't (or won't) attend classes in the Houston school district. The state pays $2,191 for each student who attends at least 85 percent of the year. The Houston school district provides textbooks and supervisory assistance. The Houston schools superintendent feels that the state is "blessed" to have a "community-based organization" such as a church wanting to work with these students and told a reporter: If all churches would play a part, I don't think it would take long for us to solve some of the problems. THEIST_WATCH Msg : 47 Written : 07/23/94 08:16pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Spielberg & History Let's Teach Real History Director Steven Spielberg, attending the meeting in Boston, Massachusetts of the National Governors Association recently demanded that the history of the "holocaust" be taught in American public schools, everywhere. Spielberg's "Schindler's List" swept the Academy Awards this year, winning both Best Picture and Best Director awards for him. Flushed with praise from American Jewry he urged the governors to promote educational programs to teach tolerance and at one point noted: Only four states now call for teaching on the Holocaust, the history of black slavery along with multicultural programs focusing on issues of prejudice and discrimination. I would hope all fifty states would require it. He neglected to add that during the history of 1,600 years of Judeo/Christian faith dominance of the West that millions of persons were murdered, maimed, mutilated, tortured, imprisoned, brutalized, and dehumanized in the name and for the greater glory of that religion. The Black slave trade was initiated, carried on and defended by Christian men from Christian countries with the full backing of the churches. Violence, cruelty, misery, and terror were the psychological weapons, but everything from the rack and the pillar to auto de fe were the physical weapons used - if religious wars were not counted. There is nary a word that these accounts should be included in human history courses for the little ones. Both Spielberg and the governors could well answer to the name "hypocrite." THEIST_WATCH Msg : 53 Written : 07/28/94 06:43pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Senate School Prayer Vote On Wednesday, July 27, the Senate voted 53-47 against a provision which would cut off Education Department funds to public school which do not permit "voluntary prayer." The vote concerned an amendment offered by Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC) to a school finance bills. Voting against the amendment were 44 Democrats and 9 Republicans. Voting for Helm's amendment were 12 Democrats and 35 Republicans. But don't become too relieved. At the same time, the Senate voted 93-7 to accept an amendment offered by Sen Nancy Kassebaum (R-Kan) to protect "constitutionally protected prayer without placing unfair and unreasonable burdens on school administrators." A school found in violation of the amendment by a court would suffer a financial penalty. Helms had offered the amendment to the reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education act known as the Improving America's Schools Act. The amendment would have barred federal funds to a state or local school district found to "willfully" prevent voluntary prayer in public schools. Helms offered a similar amendment to the Goals 2000 education reform bill earlier this year. That amendment was accepted, but was weakened in the final draft of the bill. In commenting on the school prayer issue, Helms claimed that it was "a struggle for the soul of America." And American Atheists notes that there was never any bill which would have penalized schools which ignored and willfully violated the Supreme Court decision *against* school-sponsored prayer. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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