If any school official or policy violates these rights, the school and its governing administration are in violation of section 9524 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and they will lose ESEA funds. Nothing scares a school district more than the possibility of losing funds.
Despite the wishes of freedom from religion advocates, our children have religious rights while attending public school. I think several citizens are unaware of these rights.
As I have previously written, our tyrannical Supreme Court in the 1960’s re-interpreted the religious clauses of the 1st Amendment in order to promote their hostility towards religion. In order to do this, they had to ignore history, ignore over 150 years of judicial precedents, ignore over 150 years of national doctrine, and ignore the will of the people.
A Quick Recap
I will get to the list of religious rights that the supreme court has graciously granted to students, but I would first like to give a brief recap of the religious clauses of the 1st Amendment.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…
Most freedom from religious militants dismiss the free exercise clause. It is there, it is plain. We can exercise our religious conscience. But lets briefly focus on the establishment clause
For over 150 years, the word “Congress” in the establishment clause was defined as “congress.” Duh. What else could it mean? Who needed that defined? Well, for 150 years, no one needed it defined, because that is how it is written. It was common sense. One did not need to be a legal scholar to know what the word “congress” meant and to what it referred.
For over 150 years, the phrase “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” meant that congress could not make any law that created a national religious denomination. The phrase was clearly written, clearly understandable.
This was the national policy for over 150 years. Yes, it was even the national policy during the Founding Fathers’ era.
However, in the mid 20th century, a supreme court judge, Hugo Black, with his years and years of bench sitting and years and years of law school
indoctrination education, decided to tell the country what the word “congress” really meant, and what the phrase “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” really meant.
He was so kind to put his years of legal mumbo-jumbo training to use in order to educate us peons who actually think that words and phrases actually can be defined according to how they are written. He was so gracious to put his vast superior gnostic knowledge to use, in order to educate everyone who was below his high station and below his high-level of intelligence, by explaining the true hidden meaning of the clause, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
The true meaning of the 1st Amendment was so well hidden, that no one, no prior judge, no prior senator, no prior congressman, no prior president, no Founding Father, and not even the original authors knew the true meaning. That is how intelligent, gracious, and gnostic Hugo Black was. He was able to decipher the true meaning of the 1st Amendment. Bless his heart.
According to Hugo Black’s superior legaltarian knowledge “Congress” actually means “any federal, state, or local government agency, any federal, state, or local government entity, any federal, state, or local government employee or official, or any federal, state, or local government publication.”
According to Hugo Black’s superior legaltarian knowledge, “…shall make no law…” actually means “…shall not do, encourage, promote, discuss, participate in, or condone…”
According to Hugo Black’s superior legaltarian knowledge, “respecting an establishment of religion…” actually means “anything that is NOT secular in nature, or anything that could be potentially perceived as being NOT secular in nature.”
This true meaning of the 1st Amendment was so well hidden, congress, in 1800, through making a law, established that the National Capitol Building could serve as a church on Sundays. Not even the wise Thomas Jefferson knew the true meaning of the 1st Amendment, because he attended church in the national Capitol Building throughout his presidency. Too bad those Founding Fathers didn’t have the intelligently superior and gnostic Hugo Black to teach them the true meaning of the 1st Amendment. Bless his heart.
For over 150 years, religious freedom and the avocation of religion had been a keystone of our country’s founding and our country’s basic principles.
A quick example of this is found in Article 3, of the Northwest Ordinance (1787, the founders’ era):
Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.
Religion is #1 in that list of necessities.
But thanks to Hugo Black, an entire generation of historically illiterate citizens now believe our country was founded on the principle of freedom from religion. However, our founders were NOT hostile to religion. Our founders were NOT primarily deists. Our founders encouraged, supported, promoted, and openly participated in religion.
The Supreme Court’s Jurisdiction
In the 1960’s, spearheaded by the hostile Hugo Black, the supreme court expanded its jurisdiction and took over religion. They now determine what is and is not religiously acceptable. They have become anti constitutional, and have elevated themselves above God by encroaching upon His jurisdiction.
Since the supreme court has taken over God’s jurisdiction, they have been gracious and kind enough to give a detailed list of what is religiously acceptable in public schools. I don’t know how they can constitutionally create a detailed list, since no such list exists in The Constitution, but since most citizens, and nearly ALL federal, state, and local government agencies, employees, and officials view the Supreme Court with idolatry and as the ultimate authority on religious matters, I think we should all know what is on this approved list.
This can all be found on this buried webpage of The Department of Education website. This page has tons of historical inaccuracies, but this is what we have to work with, apparently. This webpage also cites horrible judicial precedents which ignored over 150 years of national doctrine concerning the 1st Amendment. But this is what we have to work with, apparently.
Also remember, since the supreme court has taken over God’s jurisdiction on these matters, these rights in this list do not come from God, but from the supreme court. Since they believe they have the jurisdiction now, they grant the rights, and they can therefore take them away. I suggest we exercise these rights while we can. Let’s educate our children on these rights and encourage them to exercise them.
Students’ Religious Rights
- Students may pray during non-instructional time.
- Students may pray over meals.
- Students can pray as a group during non-instructional time as long as it is initiated and led by students.
- Students may bring The Bible and other holy scriptures to school.
- Students may read The Bible and other holy scriptures during non-instructional time, as other non-religious activities are allowed.
- Students may study scripture together during non-instructional time such as during recess, at breaks, and at lunch, as other non-religious activities are also allowed.
- Students may participate in religious discussions during non-instructional time, as other secular discussions are allowed.
- Students may form religious clubs, as other non-religious clubs are permitted.
- These religious clubs must have access to school property in the same way as other groups have.
- If the school allows announcements, notifications, adverts, etc for nonreligious clubs and groups, they must allow announcements, notifications, adverts, etc. for religious clubs and religious groups.
- Students may express their beliefs about religion in homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments when it is applicable. For example, if a student is asked to write a poem on any subject or length, they can write it in the form of a prayer. If a student is asked to draw a picture of something they learned or did over the weekend, they can draw a picture of a baptism, of Christ on the cross, of someone praying, etc. If they are asked to give an oral speech on any subject in world history, they can give a speech on Martin Luther and his religious beliefs. If asked to recite a favorite quote, they can recite a scripture verse. If asked to write a math problem as a paragraph, a student could write something like “If one thousand people listened to Jesus Christ, and seventy-five percent of those people accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, that would mean that seven-hundred and fifty were saved.” Teachers must grade these on academic merit. If a student is asked to write a report on how a toilet functions, but instead writes a paper on the exodus of Moses, this would not be acceptable.
Pretty sweet, eh? Students have more rights than you probably thought. Educate and encourage your kids to exercise these rights. They need not be ashamed.
If any school official or policy violates these rights, the school and its governing administration are in violation of The Constitution. But they won’t care about that tidbit. What they need to know is that they are in violation of section 9524 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and they will lose ESEA funds. Nothing scares a school district more than the possibility of losing funds. If you need to use this knowledge to defend your children’s rights, I encourage you to do so as diplomatically as possible. I wouldn’t cite The Constitution, since most public officials have no idea what The Constitution says, nor do they care. Nor do they care about the over 150 years of history on these matters. They only care about two things on these matters: what the omnipotent and gnostic supreme court says, and the status of funds.
All you need to mention is section 9524 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and a loss of federal funds. That’ll do it.
Let’s all express words of appreciation and gratitude toward the supreme court for granting our children these rights. Okay, not really, that would be idolatry.
For those of you who wonder about teachers’ religious rights at public schools: they don’t have any. Anything they do that is NOT secular must be done in private. Although the Bill of Rights is supposed to apply to every individual, the judicial branch does not allow this. They take it on a case by case basis, and must prescribe convoluted rules and regulations regarding rights found in The Bill of Rights. It depends on which group the person belongs. It also depends on the judge. A rather neurotic and anti constitutional form of legislating. And not at all what the founders intended.