Today in a conversation at my internship church, the topic of “naming the happiest part of your day so far” came up…
To anyone who dares to say that the absence of God in the public schools is in any way related to the rise in school violence:
You should be ashamed of your ignorant and hateful rhetoric. Not only is it insulting to every human being regardless of their spiritual practice, but also of God. Your narrow view and theology of God assumes /asserts that God can not be anywhere that God is not invited via human law. You are telling the world that Christians believe that God is not present unless the circumstances are just right. You are telling the world that God is conditional and that the absence of God is violence. Your limited theology asserts that God is not “all powerful” enough to be bigger than the human constructions
of the government. In fact, you have created a weak God that is smaller and less relevant than anything humans are capable of. Is this really what you intended? Do you really believe that violence, hatred, and oppression has to be, because God isn’t strong enough to rise above a law about the separation of church and state? How.Lame.
Let’s take this a step further, please?
In much of Europe and even in other North American nations, God is completely removed from the public schools. Why then is the violence NOTHING like it is in the United States? According to your hate speech and ignorant worldview, shouldn’t there be just as much violence in those places? My guess not one of the Christian right has ever thought beyond their own self-serving, westernized perception of their faith to think that broadly.
Shame on you all. Shame on anyone who would highjack a national tragedy to promote their religious aptitude for hate. shame on anyone who would highjack an entire religion for the feeble attempt to maintain power. You are the false gods that your own tradition speaks of. Shame on you.”
“Ha Shem”, by Karen Baker-Fletcher
To those who practice the tradition of Christianity…
If we are to celebrate a tradition that follows the creation story, we must celebrate the the fact that the God of creation saw each of those creations as “good.” Every drop of water, each ray of light, the darkness, textures, colors and of course life, was indeed “good.”
This creative, loving and living God that we celebrate, challenges and invites us to see this goodness for ourselves. This perfection, this beauty, and this wonder that is in itself our truest image of God incarnate.
In our manhood, womanhood, motherhood and fatherhood; in our friendships and relationships, straightness and gayness; in our our blackness, our whiteness, and sameness and our difference, we see God…
and it is indeed good.
Be proud of who you are, because yes, YOU are good.”