By Tom Quiner
Do you think it is a good idea for our public schools to encourage our kids to do their best?
Yes or no?
Do you think it is a good idea for our schools to encourage our kids to grow mentally and morally as well as physically?
Yes or no?
How about to be kind and helpful to fellow classmates and teachers? To be honest with ourselves as well as with others? To be good sports and smile when we lose as well as when we win? To teach the value of true friendship?
Are these things our schools should encourage?
The answer is no.
For twenty years, a school in Rhode Island, Cranston High School West, proudly displayed these ideals on a banner they had written and made just for them.
A single student forced the removal of this beloved banner, because she was offended by the first three words.
Read the content of the entire banner below to see what was so offensive:
Our Heavenly Father.
Grant us each day the desire to do our best.
To grow mentally and morally as well as physically.
To be kind and helpful to our classmates and teachers.
To be honest with ourselves as well as with others.
Help us to be good sports and smile when we lose as well as when we win.
Teach us the value of true friendship.
Help us always to conduct ourselves so as to bring credit to Cranston High School West.
Our heavenly father doesn’t refer to a Christian God, a Jewish God, nor a Muslim God.
The offended student is an evangelical atheist who speaks out at public rallies to promote her godless religion. She was offended by something she says doesn’t exist.
In light of the fact that something like 9 out of 10 students DO believe in a God, why is it okay to offend them by removing the banner, but not the single atheist?