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EdofTennessee said...

(PART 2 OF 2) WHY I AM AGAINST DISCUSSING RELIGION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

CONTINUED.........JESUS CHRIST never forced anyone to follow him, listen to him or believe in him or GOD; ...he simply started speaking to a group of people and others gathered until there was a huge crowd. His message was the power, not a law by some state law makers, forcing people to listen. GOD, and any worshipped being, wants a person to believe in them because of faith and faith alone; not because the person is afraid of what might happen to them if they do not listen and believe !!!

JESUS taught privacy and about a personal relationship with God in Matthew 6:1-6, : (NLV) "Watch out! Don't do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2 When you give to someone in need, don't do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3 But when you give to someone in need, don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

5 When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you."

I feel this new law concerning prayer and the discussion of religion in public schools, will cause trouble, fighting and encourage hate. It will also start the harassment, degrading and demeaning of others who do not believe as the majority; causing people to become self righteous, judgmental, prejudice and bigoted beyond control.

This has happened MANY times before in history with disastrous results. I am certain that this law will do just that; become a complete disaster, and make our Tennessee public schools a virtual WAR ZONE !!!.

I see a dark and cloudy day coming soon, don't you ???

Sincerely,

Ed Himes, Chattanooga, TN

March 28, 2012 at 3:56 p.m.
EdofTennessee said...

WHY I AM AGAINST ORGANIZED RELIGION OF TODAY DISCUSSED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS by Ed Himes (PART 1 OF 2)

I would like to comment on the attempt to force religion back into our public schools, by the Tennessee government. These southern ladies and gentlemen, who are always trying to glue religion and government together, have missed the whole meaning of the word, FAITH !!!

I do believe in the religion of GOD and JESUS CHRIST and I do this on a personal level through FAITH. However, we all do not believe in religion the same way. In addition, there are some people who do not believe in GOD and JESUS at all and others who believe in someone or something else, besides GOD and JESUS.

Prayer and religion was taken out of school when I was a boy and I WAS EXTREMELY HAPPY; Jumping up and down, with glee in fact !!! WHY ??? Well, because I was being taught about the Bible (in Bible class) by someone who had a different opinion of the Bible than I was being taught at the church I attended and at home. I became very confused at the huge variety of opinions about GOD'S will and I lashed out in protest. I told one of the girls in my class (who's father was a Baptist minister), that she was going to hell because she was a Baptist! I added that unless she became a member of the only true Church of Christ, she would not go to heaven and would spend eternity, burning in the fires of Hades! This one-sided revelation of mine, made the girl very upset and she ran home crying.

This is one of the many reasons I do not believe that discussing religion in a public place is a good idea; I realize that everyone has a right to their own opinion, but why would anyone want to discuss church at school or school at church ???

Students have enough pressure just learning Math, English, History and all other necessary subjects. These young minds do not need to be saddled with more pressure; trying to decide which religion they would like to believe in, due to the rant by some religious cult at a school assembly !!!

Religion taught in private religious schools is less controversial. Most of the time, the students who attend, believe as the teachers who are teaching them believe. They knew when they enrolled what to expect ! I would guess there would be little reason to quarrel in those schools over religious opinions.

No subject on this earth can start a disagreement, fight or war any quicker than discussing religion. I have not researched the facts, but I would venture to say that ALL WARS on this planet have been fought over RELIGION !!! I know it always makes me fiery mad when someone tries to convert me to their religious beliefs. I believe religion is a very personal relationship between a person and the one (or thing) they are worshipping.

(READ MORE IN PART 2)......NEXT COMMENT

March 28, 2012 at 3:52 p.m.
EdofTennessee said...

PART 2 OF 2 WHY I AM AGAINST DISCUSSING RELIGION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS CONTINUED

.........JESUS CHRIST never forced anyone to follow him, listen to him or believe in him or GOD; ...he simply started speaking to a group of people and others gathered until there was a huge crowd. His message was the power, not a law by some state law makers, forcing people to listen. GOD, and any worshipped being, wants a person to believe in them because of faith and faith alone; not because the person is afraid of what might happen to them if they do not listen and believe !!!

JESUS taught privacy and about a personal relationship with God in Matthew 6:1-6, : (NLV) "Watch out! Don't do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2 When you give to someone in need, don't do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3 But when you give to someone in need, don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

5 When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you."

I feel this new law concerning prayer and the discussion of religion in public schools, will cause trouble, fighting and encourage hate. It will also start the harassment, degrading and demeaning of others who do not believe as the majority; causing people to become self righteous, judgmental, prejudice and bigoted beyond control.

This has happened MANY times before in history with disastrous results. I am certain that this law will do just that; become a complete disaster, and make our Tennessee public schools a virtual WAR ZONE !!!.

I see a dark and cloudy day coming soon, don't you ???

Sincerely,

Ed Himes, Chattanooga, TN

March 28, 2012 at 3:40 p.m.
EdofTennessee said...

( PART 1 OF 2 ) WHY I AM AGAINST ORGANIZED RELIGION OF TODAY DISCUSSED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS by Ed Himes

I would like to comment on the attempt to force religion back into our public schools, by the Tennessee government. These southern ladies and gentlemen, who are always trying to glue religion and government together, have missed the whole meaning of the word, FAITH !!!

I do believe in the religion of GOD and JESUS CHRIST and I do this on a personal level through FAITH. However, we all do not believe in religion the same way. In addition, there are some people who do not believe in GOD and JESUS at all and others who believe in someone or something else, besides GOD and JESUS.

Prayer and religion was taken out of school when I was a boy and I WAS EXTREMELY HAPPY; Jumping up and down, with glee in fact !!! WHY ??? Well, because I was being taught about the Bible (in Bible class) by someone who had a different opinion of the Bible than I was being taught at the church I attended and at home. I became very confused at the huge variety of opinions about GOD'S will and after a few years of absolute torture, I lashed out in protest. I told one of the girls in my class (who's father was a Baptist minister), that she was going to hell because she was a Baptist !! I added that unless she became a member of the only true Church of Christ, she would never go to heaven and spend eternity, burning in the fires of Hades !!! This one-sided misunderstood youth revelation of mine, made the girl very upset and she ran home screaming.

This is one of the many reasons I do not believe that discussing religion in a public place is a good idea; especially among young impressionable minds of students at public schools. I realize that everyone has a right to their own opinion, but why would anyone want to discuss church at school or school at church ??? That is like trying to mix oil and water !!! Besides, teaching religion in school has never been proven to keep kids on the "straight and narrow"; in fact, it usually leads to guilt, excessive emotional conflicts, mental illness and harmful criminal behavior. Any reliable Psychologist or Psychiatrist would agree with me I am sure !!!

Students have enough pressure just learning Math, English, History, Computer Sciences and all other necessary subjects to get a good job when they are grown and support their future families. These young learning minds do not need to be saddled with more pressure of trying to decide which religion they would like to believe in and practice, because of the rant by some religious cult at a school assembly !!!

(READ MORE IN PART 2 .....NEXT COMMENT

March 28, 2012 at 3:36 p.m.
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