Jericho City Of Praise
October 13, 2010 by staff
Jericho City Of Praise, Just Thought the pride I felt this weekend when my daughter 16 years, handed me a copy of his high school newspaper with the first two news stories she wrote for this publication.
Silver Chips is an award-winning student newspaper, and I am happy that my daughter has joined the team. I explained that print journalism is not exactly a profession increasingly these days; a person can usually still make a living by writing. Someone will write to all online news, after all.
As I watched the news, an article on the opinion page caught my attention. Entitled “Moving to a better place”; the editorial takes Americans United for the task to persuade education officials in Montgomery County, Maryland, to stop holding diplomas at a conservative mega-church in neighboring Prince George’s County.
The editorial notes that the director “fears that the dispute could be made, and rightly so, given the threats that interest groups like Americans United for Separation of Church and State did against the county. ”
He goes on to say: “But the recent case law shows clearly that such a trial would be no reason. A federal judge in Connecticut ruled in May that public schools could not hold graduation in churches where there were other viable options in terms of size, cost and location. And in this case, it is clear that there are no comparable alternatives. ”
Wrong. The previous shows exactly the opposite. The availability of alternatives is only one aspect of the decision of U.S. District Judge Janet Hall.
Hall also wrote, “After attending the graduation ceremony, a reasonable observer would conclude that the Board April 13, 2010, the decision to use the cathedral first sends the message that the Council adopt the religious values, symbols and ideas first found in the cathedral. In choosing to hold graduations at First Cathedral, Enfield schools sends the message that it is closely linked to the first cathedral and its religious mission, it promotes religious most irreligious, and he prefers Christians from those who subscribe to other faiths or no faith at all. ”
I would also add that there are many alternatives available for the ceremony. It is true that my daughter is one of the largest in the county schools and family members are likely to want to participate initially. I understand the need for a space that can accommodate them all.
But it is also true that the high population density, how-built metro area of Washington, DC. We have many public facilities, including many sites affiliated with many universities in the region. It is not necessary to hold graduation in a mega-church decorated with symbols of a particular faith.
There is another aspect to this situation that has often been neglected, and I want to write money chips to consider: The church in question, Jericho of Praise, is known for its activism anti-gay audience. Yet my daughter’s school is incredibly diverse and known for its alliance between gays and heterosexuals assets and zero tolerance policy towards bullying. Each year, students participate in the “Day of Silence” that drives the right crazy religious groups.
Is not this a contradiction? It should not be obvious that hmosxl students and their families might blanch to attend a public ceremony in a church that actively campaign against them and seeking to deprive them of their civil rights?
I cannot wait to see my daughter graduate in 2012. I’m sure I’ll be in the public hanging. I am pleased that men and women who run my local public school system understand why I do not want to do in a fundamentalist church that no part of my values.
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