Yin & Yang

Last night I had two emails in my in-box.  One from a long-time friend in California, the other from a cousin in Michigan.  I was struck by these two emails because they couldn’t have been further apart in tone.

My California friend’s email included this drawing, done by his 8-year grandson, along with some touching words about what the election of Obama means to him.


I think Nic did a great job with his drawing!

My cousin’s email, on the other hand, was this ‘prayer’ written by a 15-year old high school student in Arizona (or so the email said):

New Pledge of Allegiance (TOTALLY AWESOME)!

Since the Pledge of Allegiance
The Lord’s Prayer
Are not allowed in most
Public schools anymore
Because the word ‘God’ is mentioned….
A kid in Arizona wrote this:
NEW School prayer:

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God’s name is prohibited by the state.

We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.
It’s inappropriate to teach right from wrong,
We’re taught that such ‘judgments’ do not belong.

We can get condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It’s scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!

I guess my cousin and I come from philosophically different places.  We aren’t close at all, since we’ve always lived in different states and as kids only saw each other 2-3 times. 

 My cousin is a teacher so I’m a bit dismayed she would think this is a realistic depiction of our civil liberties.  Apparently she, and the 15-year old poet, don’t understand the difference between being taught about witchcraft or vampires or totem poles and practicing a religion.  The law wouldn’t object to teaching the Bible as literature, for example, but would frown on the practicing of a religion in a public school.  If you disagree, then send your kids to private, religion-based schools.

And who are the ‘they’ in the line about outlawing guns? 



One Response to “Yin & Yang”

  1. I know it’s unintentional but the flag strikes me as Hawaiian.



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