Yesterday, after band practice, this Michigan highschool held an Islamic call to prayer. The School also announced, that since the majority of their students are Muslim, they will be changing their school mascot to the Islamic Buraq which is the horse that carried the prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem and back during the Isra and Mi’raj or “Night Journey.”
The school will be changing out all their sports uniforms and campus materials to reflect this change. The expected price tag will cost the taxpayers about $250,000- $500,000 per year for the next 3 years. Parents are outraged that their children will be forced to display these Islamic symbols on their uniforms and school material. The attorney for the school district is confident that their choice of mascot will be upheld in court.
How do YOU feel about that? Are you outraged that this public school would display Islamic symbols and force their children to accept and display them, too?
Guess what…the above story…NEVER HAPPENED.
BUT if Christians keep demanding that Christian symbols be placed on public school uniforms and Christian Bible verses be published, displayed and funded BY the public schools, then this is EXACTLY what you will see.
Read this article: http://bit.ly/1wAvVJj
If Christians keep demanding that Christian activities like baptisms take place in government schools, then this hypothetical story WILL be reality.
Read this article: http://goo.gl/0RFEGs
Christians cannot permit government to teach the God of Christianity. If government teaches the God of Christianity, it must teach the god of Buddhism, Hinduism, Satanism, and every other “ism” on the planet, because all members of society pay taxes to fund government schools.
“…that to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical; that even the forcing him to support this or that teacher of his own religious persuasion is depriving him of the comfortable liberty of giving his contributions ” (Act For Establishing Religious Freedom, Thomas Jefferson, 1786)
If Christians want their children to be taught of God, they need to put their children in a Christian school that will teach God the way the BIBLE wants God to be taught. Government schools cannot teach that. What government would willingly teach their citizens that they are in submission to a higher power; that God is the provider and protector, not government? No government would teach that, it is contrary to the existence of government! Government will teach that government knows best, that government can provide all your needs and wants, that government can protect you from all your fears, they just need you to submit to their power. If Christians send their children to Christian schools, it is so they will get an education and learn to love God. Why are we so shocked that when we send our children to government schools they get an education and learn to love government?
The principle of RELIGIOUS LIBERTY says that government cannot choose, prefer, or show favor to one religion over the other. So if you want your PUBLIC SCHOOLS to not have Islamic, Satanic, Buddhist, etc symbols, then you MUST STOP demanding Christian symbols.
If the Christian’s faith is reduced to the display of symbols, then we have big problems because that is IDOLATRY and wicked. The Christian faith should not be reduced to relying on government to do the job of the church or relying on government to be their god.
Here is the REAL stunning truth: Your students have a right to pray at school. Your students have the right to read and study their Bibles at school. Your students have the right to talk to each other about their faith. A government school CANNOT do those things unless they cover ALL RELIGIONS EQUALLY.
But if we keep pushing the public schools to choose, we are very soon going to be in a situation where the schools will choose to silence ALL religious speech. Then our students will have no voice because the schools will decide NO RELIGIOUS expression is better than dealing with all religious expression. The courts will support this decision. Where will we be then?
“For myself, I fully and conscientiously believe that it is the will of the Almighty that there should be a diversity of religious opinions among us. It affords a larger field for our Christian kindness…” (Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776)