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Christians Say the Darnedest Things: Representative Matt Gaetz Introduces “National Prayer in School Act”

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The limitations of man and God’s reach does not stop at the school house gates. In the coming days, I will introduce a national prayer in school law so that in every classroom in America, there will be time for students to pray if they choose. And you know what? This beautiful new supreme court that President Trump gave us, just might uphold a constitutional law like that based on the values that this country was built on.

God’s reach does not stop at the schoolhouse gates. Our country’s education policy forbids students and faculty from praying while endlessly promoting degenerate LGBT and anti-White propaganda. My legislation unlocks religious freedom once again so that in every classroom in America, there will be time for students to pray if they choose.

Congressman Matt Gaetz

The bill states:

Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to any limitation on the ability of that person to engage in prayer in any school shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable.

Bruce Gerencser, 66, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 45 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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    Charles S. Oaxpatu

    Hi guys. Matt Gaetz is a Christian? As Dobie Gillis used to say: “Surely you jest!!!” Of course, Judas was a Christian too——-I guess——for a while anyway. I cannot think of anything good, wise, or holy about Matt Gaetz and the crowd he runs with on Capitol Hill or down “Flarda.” way. In my mind, he is a lying, sneaking, scheming, conniving little bastard in the House of MAGA. Is that Christian? That sounds more like a “True Christian” (need a circled “R” here) to me.

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    Neil Rickert

    “The bill states: …”

    If that wording is what they pass, may I expect a rash of prayers to satan?

    Based on that wording, nobody will be able to interfere with the rights of students to pray to satan.

    This could be entertaining.

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    As far as I know students ca. already pray in schools and can even organize group prayers like, oh I don’t know, around the flagpole.

    And they can wear religious symbols. And they can talk about religion. And have religion based clubs.

    Imagine the uproar is there was a student led Pride moment of silence around the flag pole, or students wearing rainbow necklaces, or god forbid groups that are an alliance of LGBTQIA+ students supporting each other.

    Oh….wait… they are already banning that or making it harder for LGBTQIA+ students.

    And they call us evil? At least I have a moral code that applies to everyone, not this the people in my particular Christian clique.

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    Melissa Montana

    Wait until Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Pagans demand the right to pray. And Humanists, agnostics, atheists, or the spiritually disinterested asking for some quiet time to think or meditate. I’ll bet you anything they will be refused.

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      Yulya Sevelova

      I know that Matt Gaetz is a Fascist,and has been called out as hostile and lecherous towards women in general, but this religious bent on his part is a new one. It looks like he’s stumping for President one of these days,so he wants to hook the Fundies early. Who knows what sort of nuts will come out of the woodwork in 2024 !

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    Nobody is stopping individuals from praying to their imaginary friends at school, so this is just a performative time-wasting legislative proposal. What is unconstitutional is forcing everyone to participate in sectarian prayers. Goetz is trying to divert attention from the allegations that he’s a pedophile.

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    Does that wording not just prohibit someone from preventing another person in the school from praying? It doesn’t say the prayer has to be Christian or any other religion. Haven’t many many many schools already been through this? And in many cases the compromise has been something like a “moment of reflection” or silence or something so that if someone wants to pray they can, but if they don’t choose to they don’t have to? Many schools allow groups to meet on school grounds for prayer or other religious activity, outside of formal school hours?
    So what is his goal here? This seems redundant. Unless he is going to try to expand the “preventing” to mean you can’t stop a teacher or other school employee from having explicitly prayer time during class time, or stop them from leading prayers of their choice in class. That would be a problem.

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