Coincidentally, there is a law with a (slightly) related component working its way through the Congress. Go to this Library of Congress web site to get this information about prayer at specific schools:
(Engrossed Amendment as Agreed to by Senate)
SEC. 1079. PRAYER AT MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY ACTIVITIES.
- (a) In General- The superintendent of a service academy may have in effect such policy as the superintendent considers appropriate with respect to the offering of a voluntary, nondenominational prayer at an otherwise authorized activity of the academy, subject to the United States Constitution and such limitations as the Secretary of Defense may prescribe.
- (b) Service Academies- For purposes of this section, the term `service academy' means any of the following:
- (1) The United States Military Academy.
- (2) The United States Naval Academy.
- (3) The United States Air Force Academy.
As I said, the law in question is still working its way through the Congress. I hope this section stays when it passes, and I state here my total amazement and shame that something so simple and unobtrusive has to be enshrined in law to protect it.
I never ceases to amaze me the pride Christain zealots take in the holiday they stole. Just something in the nature of thieves, I guess.
The only person of historical significance born on Dec. 25 was Isaac Newton.
Even the stories surrounding the storied birth of the christ-child place the event in the spring.
Christians simply abducted the Pagan Solstice holiday of Saturnalia and claimed it as their own. Nice ethics there! They should have a Commandment that goes something like: Thou shall not steal.
Nevertheless, Christian zealots look askance at non-Christians when the non-Christians discuss "Christmas" celebrations they might be having (that don't center on religion). "How dare they celebrate MY holiday!" Your STOLEN holiday, that is.
It's like white folks complaining about what Native Americans do on American soil that is clearly the property of the White Man.
Darren, I missed your blog entries supporting the right of Wiccans and Satanists to use school grounds to promote their religions. I'm surprised that you support that, but apparently you do.
Oh, and the one you wrote decrying the nuttiness of the anti-Halloween crowd. Wackiness run amock!
Please post a link on this response thread so I can go back and read those posts. And I apologize for missing them the first time around.
Anonymous, it would be welcome if you would respond to what I wrote instead of what you would like me to have written. At what point do you see in this post *any* request to celebrate a religious holiday? As I reread it I see not wanting somebody's anti-religious zealotry to get in the way of purely *secular* decoratons.
Your anti-Christian tirades would grow tiresome if they held any meaning or value at all.
I'd have sworn I wrote a post about anti-Halloween nut but can't find it. Maybe I just planned to but never got around to it.
As for Satanists and Wiccans, the law says they can use the schools like any other group. I myself would draw the line at the NAMBLA crowd since the very nature of their organization is an advocacy of illegal acts. For the same reason I wouldn't allow al-Qaeda to use the property. Liberals? Don't like 'em, but until they're illegal they can use the school.
That's my opinion on the matter.
But what about the Coast Guard Academy??
The Merchant Marine Academy???
What about them? They're apparently not covered under this law.
Does the Merchant Marine Academy still exist?
The US Merchant Marine Academy still exists, and is still at Kings Point, NY. It falls under the Department of Transportation.
The Coast Guard Academy is located in New London, CT. The Coast Guard fell under the Department of Transportation until 2003, when it became part of the Department of Homeland Security.
I did some reading on the USMMA's web site. I knew nothing about the USMMA or the US Merchant Marine itself; after reading that site I now know *next to* nothing :-)
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