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STAR: A journey through the solar system
This issue is archived.
The LISD school board accepted the State Model with a few
Schoolchildren’s Religious Liberties/Religious Viewpoints
Antidiscrimination Act (RVAA) was written by the Texas
Legislature and signed into law By Governor Rick Perry earlier this
year to reinforce several Supreme court rulings on religious
freedom. A good
article from Sue
Richardson explains from a traditional viewpoint the value of
the RVAA. It was written to be broad in order to protect
religious view points in Texas schools. As I understand it,
Some typical examples that it would protect would be the ability for
students to bring a Bible to campus, have after school meeting, to
be able to express God in viewpoints and assignments . That
is, if asked "What is Easter?" then the student's answer that
included the "Celebration of Jesus Christ rising from the dead"
would not be deemed unworthy as it has been viewed in recent history
- instead it would be judged on form and structure according to
Each School district board will have to rule on this by September
1, 2007. The Lewisville Independent School District will be
making a ruling on Wednesday August 29, 2007 at the 8:30 AM meeting.
Agenda (see page 18 thru 24 of the 103 page pdf document) has a
few changes to the Model proposed by the State. They define a
few areas more precisely even though there is
Agency (TEA) Correspondence (See the
URL) to the Texas Association of School Board (TASB) that
discourages such changes.
I would like the LISD board to accept the State Model as it is
written. The State model is protected by law and any other
version may be open to scrutiny and lawsuits. Basically, the
Texas Attorney General will defend the State Version.
Richardson of Irving: Let them pray
Support of Legislature's rule on free speech
DMN on Sunday, August 19, 2007,
Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s day of infamy was December 8,
1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. School children’s day of
infamy was June 25, 1962, when the Supreme Court attacked our
children’s religious freedom. In one of the most irresponsible
opinions ever handed down, it upheld atheist Madalyn Murray
O’Hair’s separation of church and state petition to ban prayer
from our schools.
This year, Gov. Rick Perry supported the work of our
representatives and signed into law the Texas
Schoolchildren’s Religious Liberties/Religious Viewpoints
Antidiscrimination Act. However, the battle is not over; it
is now local, with each school district’s school board.
The Texas Association of School Boards is offering an
alternative policy to be adopted by Texas school districts that
is more restrictive and limiting than the "Safe Harbor" model
offered by the Texas Legislature. In an attempt to continue 45
years of religious oppression, The TASB waters down the intent
of the new law.
Most Americans agree, the fallout from Ms. O’Hair’s work has
been far-reaching and had the most profoundly devastating and
ungodly effects on our nation and moral decline of any one act
by any one person in our history. Excluding or limiting freedom
to express religious views serves no good purpose. What was once
the understood norm in a country founded "under God," — and by
God — has become a matter of "political correctness." How sad!
What is even sadder is that because of that oppressive decision
in favor of an atheist who claims no soul, we lost our soul. For
45 years now, it is not been politically correct to speak of
evil, sin or right vs. wrong. Even the churches have been
rendered silent in movements to call wrong right.
Many believe that unholy Supreme Court decision has been
complicit in undermining the values responsible for our nation
being the greatest the world has even known. When we taught our
children that we are no longer a nation of prayer in everything
we do, we limited God, and, like many of the unfaithful in
scripture, have suffered the consequences, and so have several
generations of children.
Our founders never intended for God to be removed from our
schools or our children’s speech. I was devastated when that
decision came down in 1962. "How did that happen?" I asked.
"Where were the churches?" Well, for the most part, churches
were silent and so were Christians. I think we trembled in fear,
much like Christ’s disciples when he was crucified. Or maybe we
were at ease and simply stood by and allowed it to happen as we
watched the case appealed from one court to the next, and then
stood a nation in shock when the decision was handed down.
I often have thought that was one of those times when we were so
sure that God would take care of it — and were so sure that
someone else would do it — that we forgot that we are all his
hands and feet, and we are that someone. If not us, then who? He
depends on each and every one of us to stand in the gate and
guard his kingdom and speak out in behalf of righteousness
against wrongdoing. We should have done something, and we did
The Legislature is giving us a second chance, but there has been
little mention of it in the media, so I asked my pastor for
help. He invited me to talk to our congregation about it — not
because it is a political issue, but because it is a prayer and
religious freedom issue. As a result, 125 signatures were
gathered to take to the school board supporting the adoption of
the Safe Harbor Model policy for our school district.
All school districts in Texas will have to accept or reject
the Safe Harbor Model by Sept. 1, 2007 so it is imperative
that Texans wanting the broad scope of religious freedom offered
in the new law contact their school boards in support of the
Legislature’s Safe Harbor Model. It is always better to let
your wishes be known before the decision is made instead of
after when little can be done to reverse it.
Sue Richardson is a longtime Irving resident and community
volunteer. Her article published in the Dallas Morning News.
She is a friend of this website.