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In God We Trust SCAPEL reported this poem written by an Arizona teenager on May 20 2000 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 thats no offence its a freedom scene The law is specific the law is precise Prayers spoken allowed are a serious vice For praying in a public hall might offend someone with no faith at all In silence alone we must meditate Gods name is prohibited by the state Were allowed to cuss and dress like freaks and pierce our noses tongues and cheeks Theyve outlawed guns but FIRST the Bible To quote the good book makes me liable We can elect a pregnant senior prom queen and the unwed daddy our senior king Its inappropriate to teach right from wrong were taught that such judgments do not belong We can get our 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 Its scary here I must confess when chaos reigns the school is a mess So Lord this silent plea I make should I be shot my soul please take Amen This poem says it plain and simple when the country decided to separate things between church and state mainly prayer in schools things have become pretty hairy for todays children Before the year 1962 students would begin their morning off with a simple yet innocent prayer It simply stated ALMIGHTY GOD WE ACKNOWLEDGE OUR DEPENDENCE UPON THEE AND WE BEG THY BLESSINGS UPON US OUR PARENTS OUR TEACHERS AND OUR COUNTRY This simple little prayer never hurt anyone and has been in
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