Jesus Christ, Prayer, and Hymns Are No Longer Allowed at Missouri School District
Jesus Christ is no longer welcome at a school district in Tipton, Missouri. And neither are prayers or a religious hymn.
The Tipton R-VI School District decided to cleanse itself of anything remotely affiliated with Christianity after they were bullied by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. They even pulled down a giant portrait of our Lord that was displayed in the grade school’s library.
The FFRF is a Wisconsin-based group of perpetually offended atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers. They fired off a nasty letter to the school board claiming to represent a “concerned attendee” of the annual high school awards program.
For as far back as anyone can remember, students at Tipton High School always concluded their annual awards program with a candlelight ceremony.
Teachers and students would circle up and sing, “Blest be the Tie that Binds” – a familiar hymn to church-goers.
Blest be the tie that binds,
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred mind,
Is like to that above.
When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.
I’d be willing to bet a Goo-Goo Cluster the atheists took offense to the part about “Christian love.”
“The singing of a hymn as part of the Candlelight ceremony is on par with other religious practices that courts have ruled are unconstitutional,” FFRF attorney Patrick Elliott wrote. “They hymn declares that participants are bound together as part of a Christian community.”
Attorney Elliott went on to complain that singing the hymn would lead to hurt feelings – that non-Christians “are outsiders, not full members of the political community.”
They also took offense at the school board’s practice of conducting a prayer during their meetings.
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SOURCE: Fox News, Todd Starnes