Being posted from time to time on Facebook there is a picture of a T-shirt with massage provide below (in italic) and below is my response.
Why do you allow so much violence in our schools?
A Concerned Student
Dear concerned Student,
I’m not allowed in schools.
While I understand that the sentiment above comes from a place of faith and a concern for the safety of children, I find its core message highly objectionable. It seems that this message is referring to the absence of organized prayer in our public schools. It clearly suggests that those of us who do not feel that it is government’s business to support (or discourage) any religious belief system are complicit in school violence.
I am reminded that the Pilgrims came to America to escape persecution by a state sanctioned religion and that millions of people have come to America to practice their religion without the interference or persecution by government, either a state sanctioned religion, including various forms of fundamentalism or by a state imposed atheism. It is not the place of our public schools to lead our children in any religious practice.
Second, I find it hard to believe that any just and loving God would fail to protect children from violence because of decisions made about religious freedom, that are beyond their control.
It is my understanding of the Christian religious tradition, in which I was raised, that God is in all places, at all times and that any prayer, from any source, from any place, is always heard. That God could not be kept out of any school by any earthly power.
While I respect your right to post anything on FB that you believe expresses your personal views, I feel that I must state that I find the below statement contrary to religious freedom. I find it not to be in line with my understanding of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ, and I find it to be highly insensitive, huntful and morally objectionable.