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Mississippi school doesn’t try to force conversion of students at swordpoint–yet

April 26, 2013

But can the point of a sword be far behind? The Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood, Mississippi, held three mandatory (note that) school assemblies last week in which all students were preached at through a fundamentalist Christian video and prayer. Students were not told in advance what sort of mandatory assembly this was. But recognizing their rights under the law not to be preached at against their will, some students tried to leave–and were forced by truancy officers to stay.

Mississippi Burning: School Officials Coerced Students Into A Revival Meeting – And Now They’re Being Sued

The Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly that public schools may not impose religion on students, but some school administrators apparently don’t care.

Remember why such a ruling has occurred–to prevent people in authority, who believe in one religion, from forcing people under their authority to adhere to or convert to that religion, especially if those people don’t believe in it.

Can you imagine the utter rage and uproar through the entire United States if a school district with predominantly Muslim teachers and administration actually forced students to sit through an assembly trying to convert them to Islam and saying that they would have no hope in their lives if they didn’t convert?

Christian Sharia, baby. It’s all the rage these days in the good old U.S. of A.

And those who say, “Pshaw, this is the United States; nobody could create an oppressive religious government and theocracy here”? They’re in the midst of doing it already. Wake. Up.

At Gunpoint

“Can’t happen here?” Oh really?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. mark1147 permalink
    April 26, 2013 8:13 pm

    Wow, and I thought the peer-pressure to attend nearby revivals that I received from high-school classmates in early-1960s rural Florida was bad! At least back then I could beg off by saying that as a (nominally) Catholic kid I wasn’t keen on the Southern Baptists’ or evangelical Methodists’ approach to spirituality — and I *sure* didn’t have teachers riding herd on their kids to get them to an altar call!

    Yikes, that principal called *three* mandatory assemblies to hear a religious pitch (i.e. much the same spiel as a revival meeting, complete with come-to-Jesus exhortations). I’m glad he’s getting sued, or next he’d be instituting daily prayers/Bible readings over the P.A. system (and somehow I don’t think he’d ever get around to excerpting lessons from the Torah/Tanakh, Koran/hadiths, Hindu scriptures, et al.)

    If I were among those suing this idiot, I’d get someone to do a bit of quiet reconnaissance at the school and see if he’s posted the Ten Commandments somewhere — cuz ya just KNOW he’s got that in mind!

    And at the trial, I sure hope the plaintiffs point out in their arguments the parallel between this kind of indoctrination and that practiced in the old Soviet Union — because if anyone needs a lesson on just how totalitarian are mandatory lectures on matters of opinion and faith, it’s this principal!

  2. April 30, 2013 7:49 am

    Ha! I just bet he does have the Ten Commandments posted at the school.

    All I can say is that whichever students/parents/families are doing the suing, they’ve got a LOT of courage. Given all that pressure around the school (not just from the principal but also from some community parents, it seems), you can imagine that they are getting horrific amounts of flack.

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