By Guest Nicole
WINTERSVILLE, Ohio × One of the nation’s most conspicuous atheist activist groups is seeking to stop an Ohio pastor from holding a voluntary lunchtime Bible study for students at a local middle school.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to the superintendent of the Indian Creek School District to assert that it is unconstitutional for the district to allowÂ Bobbyjon Bauman of the Valley Youth NetworkÂ to offer the study during school hours at Indian Creek Middle School.
The group further called the pastorÂ’s gospel presentations Â“predatory conduct.Â”
Â“It is unconstitutional for the district to offer religious leaders access to befriend and proselytize students during the school day on school property,Â” FFRF wrote. Â“This predatory conduct is inappropriate and should raise many red flags. The district cannot allow its schools to be used as recruiting grounds for churches during the school day.Â”
Â“When a school allows Church representatives to recruit students for the Church, it has unconstitutionally entangled itself with a religious messageÂ—in this case, a Christian message. This practice alienates those non-Christian students, teachers and members of the public whose religious beliefs are inconsistent with the message being endorsed by the school,Â” it asserted.
The Church-State separation group also contended that the fact that the Bible study is voluntaryÂ—that it is only attended by students who are interestedÂ—does not alleviate concerns.
Â“Please note that it makes no difference that students are not required to attend these preaching sessions. Voluntariness does not excuse a constitutional violation,Â” FFRF wrote. Â“The district must immediately discontinue allowing Mr. Bauman, or any other preachers, access to students during the school day.Â”
According to FFRF, the organization had been alerted by a local resident about BaumanÂ’s Bible study, and also reviewed his social media posts, which included a notation on Feb. 23 that 165 students decided to attend that day.
Â“I shared the gospel with them using Romans 6:23 as the touchstone verse. None of the kids in any of the four Bible study groups even knew what the word Â‘gospelÂ’ meant, so I was able to share with them the significance of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ,Â” Bauman wrote.
Â“The kids were very responsive to the message and we had 30 of them request Bibles because they didnÂ’t own one, so next week, we will be bringing them Bibles,Â” he outlined, explaining student interest.
It is not known if the Indian Creek School District plans to respond.
As previously reported, in 1791Â—just four years after the signing of the U.S. ConstitutionÂ—Dr.Â Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and vice-president of the Bible Society of Philadelphia, said in expressing his disagreement with deists who wereÂ opposed to using the Bible in schools:
Â“In contemplating the political institutions of the United States, I lament, that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes, and take so little pains to prevent them. We profess to be republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government, that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible, for this divine book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and all those sober and frugal virtues, which constitute the soul of republicanism.Â”Read his remarks in full here.
The first textbook used in the American coloniesÂ even before the nationÂ’s founding, Â“The New England Primer,Â” was largely focused on the Scriptures, and was stated to be popular in public and private schools alikeÂ until approximately the early 1900Â’s. It used mostly the King James Bible as reference, and spoke much about sin, salvation and proper behavior.
Â“Save me, O God, from evil all this day long, and let me love and serve Thee forever, for the sake of Jesus Christ, Thy Son,Â” it read.
Noah WebsterÂ’s famousÂ Â“Blue Back SpellerÂ”Â also referenced Christianity, including God-centered statements in reading lessons such as Â“The preacherÂ is to preach the gospel,Â” Â“Blasphemy is contemptuousÂ treatment of God,Â” and Â“We do not like to see our own sins.Â” Webster, a schoolmaster, is known as the Â“father of American educationÂ” and strongly advocated teaching children the Scriptures. Many of the FoundersÂ’ children are stated to have learned to read from the primer.
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The God delusion- are Jehovah's Witnesses the exception?
Religion seems to be more divisive and destructive than any other belief system. Why does the beliefÂ in a superhuman powerÂ bear such "rotten fruit"?Â
Each religion claims they are the one and only true religion. Is there such a thing as the onlyÂ true Religion, and one that actually bears "good fruit"?
Please watch the documentary below and feel free to shareÂ any observations you might have, or comment onÂ the problem of religion and belief you have identified and/or the areas where Jehovah's Witnesses differ....etc.
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Barber's Logic - God does not exist
A Barber's Story: Does God Exist ?
A man went to a barber shop to have his hair and his beard cut as always. He started to have a good conversation with the barber who attended him. They talked about so many things and various subjects. Suddenly, they touched the subject of God. The barber said: "Look man, I don't believe that God exists as you say."
"Why do you say that?" asked the client.
"Well, it's so easy, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God does not exist. Oh, tell me, if God existed, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be no suffering nor pain. I can't think of loving a God who permits all of these things."
The client stopped for a moment thinking, but he didn't want to respond as to cause an argument. The barber finished his job and the client went out of the shop. Just after he left the barber shop he saw a man in the street with a long hair and beard (it seems that it had been a long time since he had his cut and he looked so untidy).
Then the client again entered the barber shop and he said to the barber, "You know what? Barbers do not exist."
"How can you say they don't exist?" asked the barber. "Well I am here and I am a barber."
"No!" the client exclaimed. "They don't exist because if they did there would be no people with long hair and a beard like that man who walks in the street."
"Ah, barbers do exist, what happens is that people do not come to me."
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