This story is all that everyone has been talking about locally. I generally don’t comment on religious matters, because being an atheist in the area that I’m in is like being a communist during the McCarthy era, which is why I’m not linking this post to my twitter and facebook like I normally do.
Now, like I said. I am an atheist. I’m not a militant, religion-hating atheist. I just want to be left alone, and I want to leave you alone with whatever beliefs you have. I believe that such beliefs are a personal thing. I don’t care what sort of silliness you believe, just keep it in your church, home, and private property, and don’t try to push it on me.
The ten commandments thing never really bothered me. It was just a plaque, and as a piece of sculptural art, I can certainly appreciate it. It being there certainly wouldn’t offend me if I was ever near the school, and I really don’t see what the big deal was. Now, I do fully understand that technically, it’s a violation of the constitution, and I also understand that the groups who sent the letter are completely within their rights. Also, I truly believe that the superintendent and solicitor are correct that this is not the sort of case that they can win, and trying to fight it would be a monumental waste of taxpayer dollars.
The thing that bothers me about the whole affair is how the people are all up in arms about a stupid plaque, but there weren’t nearly as many people complaining about closing schools, or teacher cuts, or educational funding cuts, or any of that sort of thing. I’m not usually this vitriolic, but I’m just going to put this out there. Your children getting a good education is infinitely more important than your belief in silly fairy tales. Education doesn’t start wars, religion starts wars.
Get your priorities straight people. This sort of absolute bullshit is the reason why our area is so economically depressed. Focusing on getting your kids a good education should be more important than football, or fairy tales, or your government SSI check (but that’s for another post).
I have a recommendation. If the people truly want the school district to actually go to court and fight this, I think the money, instead of more taxes, should come at the expense of football. Cancel the rest of the season, fire the coaches, sell the equipment, and use it to fund your legal expenses.