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I find it interesting that Roger McDowell, Anderson County School Board member, doesn’t know the teachings that his Bible teaches him.
Matthew 6:6 is clearly against praying in public and that is straight from the big man’s mouth.
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly”
The Bible is very clear; it even says that folks that pray openly are hypocrites, but who am I to judge?
My personal opinion is that prayer is between you and the god you have chosen to believe in, and has nothing to do with me or anyone else.
Here is the thing that Mr. McDowell fails to understand with his statement: “If this offends you, you’re welcome to leave.” We all pay taxes to help run the school, so we don’t exactly have to leave nor do we have to be forced to acknowledge the god he has chosen to believe in.
How would Mr. McDowell feel if Muslims were the majority and he was told that if he didn’t like it, he could leave? That isn’t only offensive to non-believers but to everyone that doesn’t believe exactly the way Mr. McDowell believes.
Of course, Bible scripture doesn’t really matter here because our court systems have already found this to be unconstitutional and illegal and neither Mr. McDowell nor a certain religion control anything that tax money goes to support.
At the board meeting, there were such comments as “fight them,” by Rick Burkhead of Alabama. Wait, what?
This is Anderson County, Kentucky, right? I mean, I’m in the correct place, right?
What does Mr. Burkhead’s opinion about the issue matter to anyone? Does he send taxes from Alabama up to Anderson County to help support the school system?
Then you have Philip Cooke, who is angry that students are being denied the opportunity to learn about Christian values …. in public school. Shouldn’t those kids be learning Christian values in, church? Or maybe the home?
I’m angry that Anderson County Schools ranked 33rd in Kentucky with a rank score of 64 – ranked based on math and English test scores. I’m angry that students are being denied the opportunity to learn math and English.
We also found out that Brittany Price wants god in Anderson County … well, just her god, Yahweh, but not any of those other gods. It’s sad that Ms. Price doesn’t realize that Yahweh is alive and well in Anderson County, there are churches all over the place and anyone is free to go there, pray and worship as much as they want.
Here is the best thing about the school board meeting. Mr. McDowell admitted that the board deliberately chose to hold a public prayer prior to the official opening of the meeting and even left it off of the agenda. Now why would they do that if they are right?
If these folks want to “fight,” shouldn’t they stand their ground to prove they are right? Why would they leave it off the agenda and pray before the meeting even started if they believed in the crap that speak about?
Those actions prove that the school board realizes that it’s illegal and unfair to everyone in Anderson County.
Put prayer on the agenda, hit that little hammer down before you pray and then go to court and settle it. Remember, you believe Yahweh has a master plan and this is all apart of it. Pray that Yahweh forces the court system to see it your way and pray that Yahweh ends this attack against your values.
Have faith in your prayers and stand behind them and realize that the decision is all about of the master plan, more or less. Have faith that Yahweh will provide you the money needed to fight this in our court system and, it’s his plan that the court system will side with you.
Yahweh has allowed the US court system to rule that this type of stuff is illegal time and time again, yet the Christians keep fighting it. Who are you to go against Yahweh’s plan?
I’ve been a member of Anderson County for almost 10 years and I have a son in the Anderson County School system and, like it or not, I’m not going anywhere. Believe it or not, I’m not the only atheist in this little town.
So, in closing, not only are these people proving they are hypocrites by going directly against their religion and angering the big guy upstairs, they are breaking the law and they know it; they admit it with their actions.
I pay taxes, I’m a member of the community and I have a child in the school system and I’m an atheist and, like it or not, I’m equally as important to you. This is still America and we are all equal, not just the folks that believe the same as you.
Go to your church, pray to the god you have chosen and teach your children to follow in your footsteps, however, do as your Bible tells you and obey the law of the land.
Romans 13:1 – “let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.”
Stop fighting the big mans plan, you are just making him angry … and you won’t like him when he’s angry!”
The author is a resident of Lawrenceburg.