This Year, I Didn’t Take My Son to School on Good Friday
I kept my son home from school yesterday.
“What?,” you respond. “No one ever takes their kids to school on Good Friday!”
I did, once.
That was ten years ago, when my boy was in pre-K.
For as long as I could remember, I had heard of “the Constitutional separation of church and state,” which meant, among other things, that the state could not force children to recognize or pray to religions in the public schools.
According to said “separation,” the public schools couldn’t close for Good Friday, Passover, or any other holiday not a legal national holiday.
Many of the people who asserted the “separation” the loudest were public school teachers, whose ranks in New York City, where we live, were once dominated by Jews (a great many of them atheists).
And so, I called a taxi, and piled my baby in, and got in with him, for his noon-2 p.m. class.
The street my boy’s school was on was eerily quiet. Not a soul could be seen or heard.
The driver said nothing. I guess he was having some fun at my expense—a Jew taking his kid to school on one of the holiest days of the Christian calendar.
The school was locked up tight as a drum.
Even atheists will use any excuse to get off work!
So, I had to get my five-year-old home. I probably carried him to the city bus stop, rode the ten blocks, and then alternately carried and walked him home, the way I would on so many school days.
The Boss, who is a Christian, had a good laugh at my expense, when I brought our son home that day.
There is no “Constitutional separation of church and state.” There never was. That was just something anti-Christian socialists and communists made up, in order to discriminate against, and disenfranchise Christians.
Two hundred years ago, Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter, in which he proposed such a separation, but it never had the force of law. Socialist and communist atheists, however, liked the idea, at least as a brickbat against Christians, so they have abused it ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1963 decision associated with atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair, outlawing obligatory prayer in the public schools.
Circa 1994, I sat next to a retired black school teacher of a certain age one day on an NJ Transit bus. I was coming home from teaching college in New Jersey. The subject turned to religion and education, probably because at the time, I was writing and teaching on the topic a great deal. She complained of how she had used to be able to teach Bible as literature in the public schools, but that the atheists had successfully forced her and other teachers to stop doing it, based on their lies about the Supreme Court decision, and their organized harassment.
Socialist and communist educators believe so fervently in the “Constitutional separation of church and state,” that they responded to the Moslem terrorist attacks of 9/11 by forcing public schoolchildren in various schools (including in New York City) around the country to worship Islam, and/or providing separate prayer rooms for Moslem kids.
Fortunately, their Islamscams were exposed, and they were forced to back off.
Since communist Mayor Bill de Blasio had the Moslem holidays of Eid made official New York City school holidays, the schools will soon be back to Islamifying the kids. De Blasio said, "This is a common sense change and one that recognizes our growing Muslim community and honors its contributions to our city." You know, 9/11, polygamy, honor killings, that sort of thing.
Instead of saying “Easter/Passover Break,” the New York City public schools say “Spring Recess,” which officially began yesterday, and will run through Good Friday, Easter, and Passover.
What a coincidence!
(Note that de Blasio and his schools chancellor, Carmen Farina, who are old-fashioned “Constitutional separation of church and state” types, used no euphemisms when making Moslem holidays official New York City holidays.)
I have, or had, literal-minded tendencies. Someone would say, “X,” and I would conclude that he meant “X,” when he really meant, “Anything but X!” People would say, “Constitutional separation of church and state,” when they really meant, “State church!”
I’ve reacted by going in the other extreme. Now, when The Boss says, “It’s going to rain tomorrow,” I confront her: “Says who?! What’s your source?! Does he believe what he says? Can he be trusted?!”
You have to be careful what you say around certain people. You never know when someone might believe you.
Award-winning, New York-based freelancer Nicholas Stix founded A Different Drummer magazine (1989-93). Stix has written for Die Suedwest Presse, New York Daily News, New York Post, Newsday, Middle American News, Toogood Reports, Insight, Chronicles, the American Enterprise, Campus Reports, VDARE, the Weekly Standard, Front Page Magazine, Ideas on Liberty, National Review Online and the Illinois Leader. His column also appears at Men's News Daily, MichNews, Intellectual Conservative, Enter Stage Right and OpinioNet. Stix has studied at colleges and universities on two continents, and earned a couple of sheepskins, but he asks that the reader not hold that against him. His day jobs have included washing pots, building Daimler-Benzes on the assembly-line, tackling shoplifters and teaching college, but his favorite job was changing his son's diapers.