Rhode Island public school agrees to ...

Rhode Island public school agrees to remove prayer

There are 204 comments on the www.reuters.com story from Feb 17, 2012, titled Rhode Island public school agrees to remove prayer. In it, www.reuters.com reports that:

A Rhode Island school board voted on Thursday to comply with a federal court order to remove a prayer banner that has been displayed in a public high school for nearly a half century, saying the cash-strapped district cannot face a costly appeal.

The board voted 5-2 against filing an appeal, a move that means the school must now remove the banner within 10 days under the court order.

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Since: Dec 10

Fogelsville, PA

#21 Mar 8, 2012
Paul WV wrote:
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The tolerant thing to do would be to try an get along with others; even if they are different from you.
You mean like you do with muslims?

Since: Dec 10

Fogelsville, PA

#22 Mar 8, 2012
Paul WV wrote:
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Explain how having a prayer hanging on the wall is forcing religion of someone's child? atheists are like muslims, they fear anything that may challenge their world view because they lack confidence in the belief they hold dear being able to compete against other ideas.
Isn't that funny. You make the above claim while complaining about this constitutional abberation being taken down. Is christian belief so weak that it needs to be reenforced outside of the home and church??

Since: Dec 10

Fogelsville, PA

#23 Mar 8, 2012
Paul WV wrote:
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She was just seeing herself in a mirror looking at all those angry faces. Her intolerance only breeds more intolerance. She needs to learn how to live and let live, instead of trying to force her prejudices on others.
So folks should ignore a violation of the constitution in the name of tolorence?
Sorry, it doesn't work that way.
Keep your (an all others) religion at home and in church where it belongs.

Since: Dec 10

Fogelsville, PA

#24 Mar 8, 2012
Paul WV wrote:
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If I believed religion was a myth, like atheists claim to do, I would look at it like someone posting a Trekkie poster.
Do you know the difference between a religion and a sci-fi- TV program?

Obviously not.

Also, you are guessing in this case as your refusal to drop your mythology and face reality does not allow you to honestly speculate. Simply put, you do not know how you would react as you are not an atheist. You are too biased to make a honest guess.
Paul WV

Beckley, WV

#25 Mar 9, 2012
The serpent was right wrote:
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You mean like you do with muslims?
No, muslims are murdering innocent men, women and children all over the world; but since it's not sex related you atheists have no problem with them. You think because it says it's a religion that it's immune from an objective assessment of its impact on society, but must be treated as equivalent to other religions no matter reality reveals.
Paul WV

Beckley, WV

#26 Mar 9, 2012
The serpent was right wrote:
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Isn't that funny. You make the above claim while complaining about this constitutional abberation being taken down. Is christian belief so weak that it needs to be reenforced outside of the home and church??
It has nothing to do with the prayer hanging on the wall but the hatred of those who want it taken down. It is pure hatred of atheists that motivate them to have the prayer taken down.
Paul WV

Beckley, WV

#27 Mar 9, 2012
The serpent was right wrote:
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So folks should ignore a violation of the constitution in the name of tolorence?
Sorry, it doesn't work that way.
Keep your (an all others) religion at home and in church where it belongs.
Who are you to say where religion belongs? Religion belongs where religious people are; even in the public square.
Paul WV

Beckley, WV

#28 Mar 9, 2012
The serpent was right wrote:
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Do you know the difference between a religion and a sci-fi- TV program?
Obviously not.
Also, you are guessing in this case as your refusal to drop your mythology and face reality does not allow you to honestly speculate. Simply put, you do not know how you would react as you are not an atheist. You are too biased to make a honest guess.
So, you are claiming religion is more then a myth or sci-fi-TV program? Why? Do you feel threatened by Trekkies? Why not? You feel threatened by people of fatith!

Since: Dec 10

Fogelsville, PA

#29 Mar 9, 2012
Paul WV wrote:
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No, muslims are murdering innocent men, women and children all over the world; but since it's not sex related you atheists have no problem with them. You think because it says it's a religion that it's immune from an objective assessment of its impact on society, but must be treated as equivalent to other religions no matter reality reveals.
You mean muslim extremists right?
Again you make the incorrect(dishonest) assertions that it's about sex, and that atheists don't care. Wrong and dishonest on both accounts, but that's what we expect from you.

Since: Dec 10

Fogelsville, PA

#30 Mar 9, 2012
Paul WV wrote:
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It has nothing to do with the prayer hanging on the wall but the hatred of those who want it taken down. It is pure hatred of atheists that motivate them to have the prayer taken down.
Really?
What do you offer as proof of that assertion?

Since: Dec 10

Fogelsville, PA

#31 Mar 9, 2012
Paul WV wrote:
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Who are you to say where religion belongs? Religion belongs where religious people are; even in the public square.
The US constitution says where it belongs. Your myth does not trump that. I am sure you would love a theocracy. Too bad, this is The US, and the 21st century. Your myth is dying here. I won't miss it when it's gone.

Since: Dec 10

Fogelsville, PA

#32 Mar 9, 2012
Paul WV wrote:
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So, you are claiming religion is more then a myth or sci-fi-TV program? Why? Do you feel threatened by Trekkies? Why not? You feel threatened by people of fatith!
Trekkies don't claim that Star Trek is reality. They don't brainwash their kids from birth that Star Trek is real, and expect everyone else to do the same. They also don't try to pass laws based on Star Trek. They don't demand prayers to Captain Kirk in public schools. They aren't molesting children because the Star Trek fan club says they can't have sex. I am quite sure that Trekkies would report child abuse to the authorities rather than help the offending person move someplace else. Shall I go on?

Since: Dec 10

Fogelsville, PA

#33 Mar 9, 2012
Paul WV wrote:
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So, you are claiming religion is more then a myth or sci-fi-TV program? Why? Do you feel threatened by Trekkies? Why not? You feel threatened by people of fatith!
Oh, by the way... Your god is no less of a myth then Star Trek, you and the other godbots aren't smart/brave enough to know that.

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#34 Mar 9, 2012
Paul WV wrote:
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If I believed religion was a myth, like atheists claim to do, I would look at it like someone posting a Trekkie poster.
No you wouldn't. I've seen enough about how Christians react to any incursions on your beliefs.

But for the benefit of conversation, let's pretend that that example was beyond your comprehension. Let's try a different example ...

What if that wall was permanently painted with "There is no god so stop worrying about it and get on with your life." Would you think atheists were trying to proselytize to your children? Would you insist that it be removed?

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#35 Mar 9, 2012
Paul WV wrote:
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It has nothing to do with the prayer hanging on the wall but the hatred of those who want it taken down. It is pure hatred of atheists that motivate them to have the prayer taken down.
It's pure hatred toward atheists that insist it remain.

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#36 Mar 9, 2012
Paul WV wrote:
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Who are you to say where religion belongs? Religion belongs where religious people are; even in the public square.
“Secularists are often wrongly accused of trying to purge religious ideals from public discourse. We simply want to deny them public sponsorship.”~ Wendy Kaminer

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#37 Mar 9, 2012
Paul WV wrote:
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So, you are claiming religion is more then a myth or sci-fi-TV program? Why? Do you feel threatened by Trekkies? Why not? You feel threatened by people of fatith!
Trekkies don't try to control our country through purely religious laws (such as Blue Laws).
Paul WV

United States

#38 Mar 9, 2012
The serpent was right wrote:
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The US constitution says where it belongs. Your myth does not trump that. I am sure you would love a theocracy. Too bad, this is The US, and the 21st century. Your myth is dying here. I won't miss it when it's gone.
You would miss it if it were gone, you won't be living in fear of it then. You are just a Christiophobic.
Ocean56

AOL

#39 Mar 9, 2012
Paul WV wrote:
The tolerant thing to do would be to try an get along with others; even if they are different from you.
Which militant "christian" fanatics are obviously INCAPABLE of doing, as YOU show that intolerance every time you post here.

Putting up this banner in a PUBLIC school was clear evidence of that from the beginning. It shouldn't have been put up there AT ALL.
Ocean56

AOL

#40 Mar 9, 2012
Hedonist wrote:
I thought we were talking about public schools and minors. No, you want to move the goal posts.
Moving the goal posts is what they (militant christianistas) do every time they're LOSING the current argument. So they just make up a FALSE one to try and distract us.

Problem for them? The false argument trick doesn't really work.

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