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School’s religious message inappropriate

Published 1:57pm Thursday, August 2, 2012

Dear editor,

I was disappointed to see that Jemison High School has been displaying the phrase “God Bless America” on its marquee near Highway 31.

Public schools and other government entities are legally obligated to remain neutral on issues of religion. Think about it: How would you feel if it read “Allah Bless America?”

There is no lack of church marquees in the county that can freely express religious messages.

Chris Nelson, Montevallo

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  • jesse_johnson529

    When someone goes sharing their opinion to everyone, it BECOMES everyone’s buisness. If Mr. Chris Nelson didn’t want any rebudle ove his opinion he shouldn’t have shared it. And the fact that you have nothing else to talk about other than how smart or how stupid the students are, then you clearly have no place in this argument. The argument was about his opinion about religion in schools, yours is over the intelligence of the students….so make your own article about your opinion about us and make it everyone’s buisness so that people who feel the same or feel differently about it can share themselves. Untill your comments reflect that of the original argument, your opinions on student intelligence have no place here in this comment thread on religion in schools.

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  • TheAmberPrice

    My reason for bringing up the intelligence of the students at JHS, Jesse, is because everyone is getting angry over someone’s opinion or personal beliefs when that should be none of your business at all. Instead, be mad that the teachers at that particular school are apparently not doing what they should be doing or else most of the students and alumni from there wouldn’t be so stupid. Who cares what anyone else thinks about the school posting up religious things on their signs or what kind of religious messages they have on the walls there? It’s not like that one individual can or will be able to ensure that no religious messages are displayed throughout the school.

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  • jesse_johnson529

    So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

    1 Corinthians 10:31

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  • jesse_johnson529

    But doesn’t the Bible say that anything we do, do it for the glory of God? Yes! <>

    The fact of the matte is that your either glorifying God, or your not glorifying God…if I’m gonna go to school, I’m gonna try my best to glorify God by my actions there by doing the studys and prayer meetings. And if Ny way something happens to prevent me, a student, from doing those studies and prayer meetings, and when it’s decided that I can’t have my Bible in class with me, then I guess I’ll eith find somewhere else to go to school or I’ll drop out and go straight into college. Sure I’ll lose what ever scholership I might have, but it’s not worth me having to sit for 8 hours a day and not be able to to anything to the grown of the Kingdom.

    And the intelligence of the students from Jemison High School has nothing to do with students or faculty honoring God on campus. Why did you even bring that up TheAmberPrice!? God doesn’t care about how smart we are or about our intelligence, but that we do what we can do glorify Him!

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  • tmccary

    God Bless American and God Bless Jemison High School

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  • TheAmberPrice

    One person states their opinion and everyone gets all butthurt about it. That’s southern Christians for ya. Although, I must say… the brightest kids don’t attend Jemison schools. I have plenty of friends that have gone there and even family. Simply put, I know a lot of Jemison folks and none of them are too smart. Perhaps we should be worrying about what the teachers are actually doing there because they sure aren’t teaching.

    Pertaining to this post though, I do believe that church should be church and school should be school. I don’t think the two should be mixed. That’s MY personal opinion though. I really don’t care what anyone else thinks. I know we all have different opinions anyway. We do live in the “bible belt” so if you want to see any change then I think you’ll basically have to just move out of this whole area.

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  • jesse_johnson529

    One more thing before I get off my soapbox; you, probably your average guy, comes driving down HWY 31 and see the JHS sign to say “God Bless America” and you get all in a bind over it and share your opinion with the world through the Clanton Advertiser… So in your article to basicly write a complaint about the sign and how “disappointed” you are and share how it doesn’t need to read “God Bless America” on it……..but then you also say that there are “no lack of church marquees in the county that can freely express religious messages.”… When I read that, I think to myself “this guy is really gonna whine about the JHS sign saying something about God on it and hes gonna complain in an area full of churches, which inturn since there are so many that must mean there is a high demand in the aread FOR churchs and a high demand in the area FOR THE LORD!… SO hes just asking for someone to write something back about how inappropriate his complaint was to a area of the south that has such a high devotion to God…like meat to the dogs…”

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  • jesse_johnson529

    Well sir, if you were caught up on your history, you would know that the ones who came over here from Great Britan and from else were over seas came to get away from their controling government when religion was crammed in their faces and turned into laws and regulations. Over here, we are free to do what ever we want with it! Whether that’s to be open and sharing about it or closed up and ignorant of it, the fact is that very foundation of America was founded by Godly men and even though we dont HAVE to obide by it, down here in the south WE CHOOSE TO! Thats why its called the “Bible belt”… Nothing says that a school itself cannot put anything pretaining to the Lord on a sign or on a wall or anywhere they feel like putting it, nothing about about students representing or participating in any form of Bible study or worship service on a school campus, but only that the faculty members themselves cannot provoke a certain religions perspective upon any given student…and lets face it, down here in the south thats just not gonna happen.

    And ole’ Allah, we had to bring that guy up into it. Yes I’m sure it would cause a little commotion with everyone to see “Allah” all on the sign and everything, but you make it sound like we are saying “God Bless America” as if it’s garbage! I’m not saying I would like to see that up there, but I’m also saying I’m glad to see that our School supports our country, and a country with a frim, Godly foundation!

    Sure there are plenty of churches around that display their own opinions but if I was someone looking for a place to live and I came accross a little town in the middle of pretty much nowhere and I saw a buntch of churches everywhere, yeah thats good and all that its possibly a really nice place to live, but waht more to see a School, which is a PUBLIC FACILITY which is host to many people of different race and religion, that supports the Lord, thats what would catch my attention. Jemison High School is different from other schools! I am a senior this year and have lead a Bible study in the mornings every week since I was in the 9th grade and I’m not going to stop just because some man drove by and got all upset because HE DIDNT LIKE OUR SIGN!… A teacher or faculty member may not be able to stand up and say their religios beliefs outloud, BUT I SURE CAN!

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  • Mandy Wilkins

    Mr. Nelson, I sincerely hope that you wasted the effort to write the letter above to only start a conversation!! THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA was founded as ONE NATION UNDER GOD… not Allah. As a country of believers, we rose to be the greatest Nation in the World. Because of God’s blessings, we live in a country where we are free to express our thoughts (regardless of the sensibility). No other country in the world allows the freedoms which we have. The decline of this nation began with people with your same attitude. God must be in the forefront of EVERYTHING, or else he may as well not be anywhere at all. I’m tired of people trying to remove my GOD from everything, but shoving tolerance of other “religions” down our throats. If the sign offends you, then by all means feel free to live somewhere that God is not given thanks and praise. After all, it is a free country and you can leave anytime you want!

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  • used2bme

    First the constitution does not say anywhere that the government or any entity thereof has to stay out of religious matters. That misconception was taken from a letter that was written to Baptist ministers assuring them that the government under the new constitution would not interfere with their God given right to freedom of religion. Clearly this is where out liberal school system has failed the citizens of this country. One of the reasons for the statement of religion in the 1st Amendment is because in England you had state religion that was chosen by the King or Queen. You were not free to practice the religion of your choice. So our founding fathers put this in the amendment so government could not dictate what religion you preferred or practiced. But now that is exactly what they are doing.

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  • Phil Burnette

    Chris, please read the Constitutional or take a Constitutional law course and learn what it does and does not say. The First Amendment states, quite clearly, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    “…shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

    Where exactly in the Constitution does it explicitly state that public schools and other government entities are legally obligated to remain neutral on issues of religion? Where does it say that ANY individual or organization, regardless of type or construction, may not express their religious views?

    The answer? Nowhere. As also indicated in the First Amendment you have the freedom of speech necessary to share your prejudices against others beliefs and exercise thereof. We also have the right to point out your knowledge deficit.

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