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    Filed at 4:39 am under by dcobranchi

    This has to be the funniest LttE yet.

    Schools’ Bible decision is sickening

    I am a product of Cumberland County Schools (Douglas Byrd High School class of 1979), and I was sickened and outraged to read of the response of the county school system attorney and administration to one ill-informed complaint (“Elementary school Bible distribution halted,” Nov. 20.)

    My husband is a Gideon, and having personal knowledge of the good work that they do allows me to know that they never force anyone to take a Testament or Bible. These are offered, free of charge and without pressure, as a love gift. It’s a shame that now the students who might want one but not be able to afford one or have access to one will be denied because of one person’s prejudice and hatred.

    Bet she hasn’t complained about any of the free literature (sexual related “informational” pamphlets) or other free items such as condoms that are so readily purchased with taxpayer money and foisted upon our youth.

    This lady should be glad and pray to whatever she gives thanks to that she is in this country rather than in some others in the world, which force one ideology upon all citizens. The same freedom that gives her the right to complain also gives the Gideons the right to place their materials and speak. Freedom of speech and religion is a two-edged sword, and I hope that the school leadership goes back to school for a quick civics lesson to overturn their asinine ruling. I am truly ashamed and will be removing my DBHS class ring until this is changed.

    Bess Tyner
    Maxton

    OMG! Not the class ring! OTOH, if this is indicative of how well she learned what the Establishment Clause means, perhaps the school will be glad to know that she is no longer a walking billboard.

    8 Responses to “LOTD: WWHS”


    Comment by
    sam
    December 17th, 2007
    at 6:23 am

    I had a class ring once. It was pretty and had a blue stone that somehow represented September without actually being September’s class ring month stone. My ring’s initials were FPCS, Forest Park Christian School, class of ’90, baby. I had a pretty little red New Testament from the Gideons, and one year for Christmas I got my own Bible with my name embossed on the front.

    And I didn’t even get a fucking tshirt.

    Not that any of that helped in the end.


    Comment by
    Darren
    December 17th, 2007
    at 10:44 am

    If her husband is indeed a Gideon, he should know that he is not allowed to distribute Bibles in the school. In my Gideon days (I’m ordained clergy now, so I can’t be a member anymore), we were reminded at least every other month that we couldn’t even step on school property.

    My Dad, on the other hand, lives in Canada. They’re allowed to distribute in public schools there.


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    December 17th, 2007
    at 11:17 am

    North Florida Christian, our town’s big private church school, is reenacting a crisis of belief pageant this season.

    Pastor Ray suddenly fired the school’s football coach, former FSU idol Casey Weldon, saying only that it was God’s will.

    Weldon has been successful as their coach plus his own four kids are enrolled at NFC. (What do god and pastor ray have in mind for them, I wonder?)

    NFC’s parents, students and players are protesting, under threat of “serious consequences” and this video shows them saying that Pastor Ray should get on his hands and knees and check back in with god’s will.

    So I’m wondering, why have school at all? Why teach anyone anything in our society, if the lessons won’t apply, if in the end the world runs solely on what the bossman says the bible says god says?

    If even after you graduate into life as a successful parent and professional, everything is forfeit the moment some black ops preacherman announces that he and god have divined your future while you were out of the room — then there are only two possible career paths, dominionist and doormat. And only one way to protest. As a heretic.


    Comment by
    COD
    December 17th, 2007
    at 12:42 pm

    Maybe God threw a rock at him, like this guy.


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    December 17th, 2007
    at 12:48 pm

    OMG! (so to speak)

    Wonder what he was wishing for, that this was the answer?


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    December 17th, 2007
    at 1:16 pm

    James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams:- “People will come, Ray, people will come.”

    RAY, get it, like Pastor Ray?? Gives me chills.


    Comment by
    Geri Weaver
    December 29th, 2007
    at 11:28 am

    Just came across your site, and I wanted to say that I appreciate all of your support. Thanks for taking the time to post these stories and letters. While the hate mail I’ve received publicly was disturbing, it did not surprise me in the least.

    Thanks again.

    Geri Weaver


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    December 29th, 2007
    at 7:29 pm

    Geri,

    Yeah, life in Fayetteville can be a bit lonesome for the non-conformers. Know, though, that there are a few fellow travelers here in town and around the world.