The New School Prayer

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is againstthe rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Himvery odd.
If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates theBill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federalmatter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's nooffense; it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law isprecise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For prayingin a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
Insilence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by thestate.
We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierceour noses, tongues and cheeks.
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST theBible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect apregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'Unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's "inappropriate" to teach right from wrong, We're taught that
such "judgments" do not belong. We can get our condoms and birth
controls, Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the TenCommandments are not allowed,
It's scary here I must confess, Whenchaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea Imake:
Should I be shot;
My soul please take!

This was written by a teen in Bagdad, Arizona, via eMail, 30 April2000