After reading the uninformed comments here, I had to add my 2 cents. I'm Wiccan, and the Wiccan reed states: Do what you will as long as you harm no one. I personally do not see any harm from this. In fact, these students are displaying the kind of civility and character we need from teens today. I have seen more outrage over "religion in schools" than I have about the Chicago gang beating of a student 2 days ago. WHY? Maybe if we had more students listening to these messages and living this way, we would have a lot less violence.
I personally don't care which religion they follow. They should be allowed to show bible verses, walk the field doing a Buddist chant, discuss reincarnation against evolution.
The point is, too many people are complaining about this, and for what reason? Are they so ignorant of our history and our laws? Let’s look at this logically.
No where is "separation of church and state" mentioned in the constitution, the bill of rights or even the federalist papers. NONE, it isn't there!!!! It is NOT a viable argument. If you want to use a legitimate argument, by our LAW the US Constitution, you do not have one.
The first amendment of the bill of rights says very 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."
In this case and others like it, the government is NOT establishing a religion. BUT the students are exercising their freedom, which CANNOT be prohibited, by law! They are also exercising their freedom of speech.
We, as a country should spend more time focusing on what the bad kids are doing, rather than harrassing the good kids. Religion in general brings morals, and morals are what teens need. This is not just a Christian thing, but a society thing. Giving teens encouragement and the chance to express and be part of their religious views is good for all society.
Look, I have no reason to support these kids. I get more flack about my beliefs from Christians than anyone else. But I would rather have that, than have the government controlling all religion. At least this way I have a voice.
You should pay attention to your freedom before your petty whining ends freedom for all.
When you demand government control of one group just because you don't like something, the government will be happy to help, and take control of all. Try tolerance rather than control, in doing so you secure your own freedoms too.