September 20, 2010

God in School

Filed under: The Occasional Godliness,What the hell? — Katrina @ 1:14 pm

Saw the following on a t-shirt not too long ago, and pretty sure I’ve seen it elsewhere as well. Don’t recall exact text, so here’s a paraphrasing.

Dear God,
Why do you allow so much violence in my school?
-A Concerned Student

Dear Concerned Student,
I’m not allowed in school.

Okay, hold still while I feed you this tuna sandwich, full of omega-3s to help your brain heal from that.

This is the sort of thing your average social conservative may nod along with, believing a “healthy dose of Jesus” is the cure to everything. Because if only these kids had good old religion in their lives, schools (and everywhere else) would be a haven of peace and love!

First thought that might come to mind is that most violence in history has been influenced by religion, but, while true, I don’t think that’s the case with school violence. School violence exists for many reasons, but most have to do with the students’ lives absolutely sucking ass! And most of these students already have religion in their lives (yes, that is possible without schools having morning prayers or eschewing evolution, who’d a thunk it!), and many of them are miserable and violent anyway!

Hell, schools already have a sort of prayer every morning anyway. It’s called the Pledge of Allegiance, and thanks to insecure religious morons like the ones who surely came up with the above exchange, God has been plugged into it.

Of course, when it comes to talking about how awesome religion is, it’s often more about how awesome your own religion is, as many of these people probably do not consider Buddha or Vishnu to really be holy nor their followers truly religious. So it’s another form of “there will only be peace so long as everyone falls into the same little group I do”. And while it’s these differences, or more specifically, the insistence on focusing on these differences, that spurs the intolerance that leads to violence, messages like the above only exacerbate it, only spread the “I’m right, you’re wrong, you cause problems in schools because you’re wrong and not like me” which is the exact type of mindset that divides people (even if those who say it may think they’re trying to be inclusive) and allows violence to continue.

Not to mention that, if the God you’re promoting is truly so omnipotent, the idea you make him out to be unable to intervene in, well, ANYTHING just because of the perceived notion that he’s not wanted there, what kind of believer are you? Just more proof this isn’t really about God.

So if you truly want these school violence issues to go away, how about putting away the useless God crap, since with or without God by whatever definition, school violence will still be there, and actually get off your ass to make the actual conditions of the school and its community better? Hint: it’s not something that can be solved with Bibles.

1 Comment

  1. Bear my young, Katrina.

    Comment by Lord Galen — September 20, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

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