Quoting ~Julie Blue Eyes~:" <blockquote><b>Quoting LolaMcKitten:</b>" It's not the freedom part - it's the fact ... [snip!] ... I defend PEOPLE. You talk about biases and then state your own biases like they are valid. That is what's laughable."
This has ceased to be about the little boy praying in school. While I don't think people should be praying out loud in school, I think the "punishment" was very extreme for something like that. If I were a teacher and saw two kids doing what they were doing, I would probably just ignore it. The others are right - there are SO many other distracting things going on and probably kids doing things that probably SHOULD be punished, it just seems like the teacher had a bug in her ass. We had a group of kids in our school who would all meet at the flagpole in the mornings and stand in a circle holding hands and praying, in fact I am pretty sure I even remember there being teachers who would join sometimes - THAT is something I can see people being concerned about. It was a big deal, the kids participating would often be late for their first class and they would never get in trouble for it - but if they were to do it quietly without a spectacle and in a way where it wasn't disrupting people, I wouldn't care, but I don't think the teachers should have joined in, even if they agreed with what the kids were doing it, just feels like bad judgement on their part. Whats funny is that this was in NY - we are very liberal up there, so it was very odd that no one ever said anything about it.
But yes - everyone has their biases - have YOU ever been specifically victimized by an atheist or someone from a different religion? Has YOUR family ever been torn apart and your children lose a parent due to a religious groups bias against you and determination to pass laws that effect your daily life? I'm going to go out on a limb and say no.