Missouri state legislators have approved a proposedconstitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to pray in public places andschools. This measure will go on the ballot in November 2012 and supporters likely hope it will turn out conservative voters in droves.
As I read the measure something caught my eye…something that appeals to the student I used to be long ago when I was a wee bitch…and it occurred to me that this ballot measure could pay off BIG TIME for clever students looking to dodge a test or project.
I can’t help where my mind goes…it just goes there, damn it!
Okay, so the proposed amendment guarantees rights that are already guaranteed.
As reported in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “it prohibits government or school officials from adopting policies to prevent prayer in public places, as long as the prayer does not result in disturbance of the peace or disruption of a public meeting or assembly.”
I get why Missouri legislators approved this mess – they want to have a tool to recruit conservatives to the polls.
Lawd knows they don't and won't have any real legislative accomplishments to campaign on.
But the proposed amendment also says students shall not be compelled to perform or participate in academic assignments or educational presentations that violate their religious beliefs.
Now that shit has potential.
Oh, I’m sure the GOP fools behind this measure are thinking students would decline to participate in discussions of evolution or sex education or the history of the world prior to President Reagan’s election.
But if I were a student I’d be all over this, thinking up religious objections to tests (they force teachers to judge and isn’t there something in the Bible about not judging lest yea be judged?) and grades (they inspire pride and isn’t pride a sin?) and group projects (group projects are socialist propaganda...okay, that’s not religious but give me time and I’m sure I can spin it there!)
My goodness, the class work and test dodging possibilities are endless!
The only downside would be that a clever student could religiously exempt herself out of basically all learning opportunities and end up as intellectually stunted as the craven assholes currently wasting the people’s time with constitutional amendments guaranteeing rights already constitutionally guaranteed because they know and you know that they know and I know that they haven’t a clue how to work on jobs or the economy or any legitimate legislation that would improve Missouri and thus...wait for it...inspire voter turnout.
A ballot measure to declare that the Bill of Rights is indeed the Bill of Rights?