Moment of Silence, Or Just Plain Insanity?

America has one of the worst public health records in the Western world. In the state of Illinois, thousands live below the poverty line, kids go without health insurance, the crime rate is appalling.

This week, after violent discussions in the state legislature, lawmakers overrode a veto by the governor and declared it mandatory that all Illinois public schools introduce a ‘moment of silence’ at the beginning of morning classes.

The exact definition of a ‘moment’, has yet to be been explained, but most schools are settling on a time frame of 15 – 20 seconds, ” ….to pray, reflect or meditate while attendance is taken during the 8 a.m. classes,” Superintendent Kathie Pierce of Fenton High School District 100 in Bensenville, Chicago, said on Monday.

Well, I guess it gives those corpulent, over-wealthy retardees, with nothing better to do than interfere in other people’s lives, a feeling of usefulness to waste everyone’s time with such utter garbage, while the kids they insist carry out their spurious decrees suffer sickness and deprivation due to the inability of these bloated nincompoops to provide a reasonable standard of healthcare, housing, and education.

To quote one Illinois teacher:

““I just can’t see the sense of replacing a moment of teaching with a moment of silence,” said Mary Erickson, board president of Evanston/Skokie School District 65.“You want to have every moment you can to teach.”

For some time, Illinois schoolkids have been forced to recite the Pledge of Alliance each day, reminiscent of those evil Pakistani Madrassa’s where the young are brainwashed into Islamo-fascist suicide bombers.

Are American public schools now simply “Madrassas for the Good Kids”?

This cranial degeneration isn’t solely attributable to Illinois politicians. For instance, did you know that many states have their own Pledge of Allegiance? The following is reproduced from the Chicago Tribune of 16th October:

Texas: Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.

Kentucky: I pledge allegiance to the Kentucky flag, and to the Sovereign State for which it stands, one Commonwealth, blessed with diversity, natural wealth, beauty, and grace from on High.

Michigan: I pledge allegiance to the flag of Michigan, and to the state for which it stands, 2 beautiful peninsulas united by a bridge of steel, where equal opportunity and justice to all is our ideal.

Alabama: Flag of Alabama I salute thee. To thee I pledge my allegiance, my service, and my life.

Louisiana: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the state of Louisiana and to the motto for which it stands: A state, under God, united in purpose and ideals, confident that justice shall prevail for all of those abiding here.

Ohio: I salute the flag of the state of Ohio and pledge to the Buckeye State respect and loyalty.

Arkansas: I Salute the Arkansas Flag With Its Diamond and Stars. We Pledge Our Loyalty to Thee.

South Dakota: I pledge loyalty and support to the flag and state of South Dakota, land of sunshine, land of infinite variety.

Mississippi: I salute the flag of Mississippi and the sovereign state for which it stands with pride in her history and achievements and with confidence in her future under the guidance of Almighty God.

America, have you any idea how totally ludicrous all this appears to anyone outside your country? Where are your priorities? Why do you vote into office the morons who make up this rubbish? What has happened to your common humanity, if you allow this to be the priority of your lawmakers?

Thankfully, some Americans agree.

From the same page of the Chicago Tribune comes this more accurate offering of a Pledge of Allegiance for the state Illinois:

“`I pledge allegiance to the flag of Illinois and the incompetence and corruption for which it stands….”

Good for you, Chicago Tribune! Long may you reign!

In conclusion, Illinois lawmakers have yet to decide suitable punishment for those kids who break this ‘law of silence’. Presumably, as with any other crime in the United States, the police will be summoned and those kids in contravention will be summarily tasered into obedience?

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11 Replies to “Moment of Silence, Or Just Plain Insanity?”

  1. Kids already pray plenty: “God please don’t let the teacher call on me”, “God, please don’t let that other kid bully me”, “God, please let other kids like me”. Does all this praying make their life better or change anything – I doubt it. With all the problems of our educational system this may very well be the stupidest, most useless thing imaginable in a country that rates very low educationally compared to the rest of the developed world – stupid but faithful – a perfect citizen for fascists.

  2. Yeah, and how about Bush vetoing SCHIP enhancements because he cares about the “poor children?”

    Excuse me…AARRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!

  3. As a Brit living in the USA I share your shock ! The only way I’m able to reconcile things for myself, remain calm and not go yelling abuse in the streets is to remember that the USA is a very young country comapared to our own. The state in which I live is only next month celebrating its centenary.

    I remember my own schooldays in Yorkshire, back in the 1950s, where, at our grammar school each morning we sang a hymn and said a prayer. I’m pretty confident they don’t do that nowadays, they have moved on, and I suspect the USA will do the same sometime in the next 60 years – if man survives that long! And that’s a big IF !

  4. Flimsy – such pettiness at the expense of real and vital matters damns these people as unfit to govern. Whether state or federal, being a politician these days is no more than a status symbol, a sop to their oversize egos.

    Jerry – his excuse of not wishing to expand federal intervention in healthcare is the lamest. Every successful health service in the world is government run, but the health corporates lie through their teeth while attempting to assault that statistic.

    Twilight – it’s good to welcome a fellow ex-pat Brit to Sparrow Chat, and one who has suffered a similar shock to the system by living here. I agree the US is a young nation. I use that as an excuse almost daily. Yet overly-wealthy, spoilt teenagers with too much power seldom make responsible adults, so I am less optimistic that the next sixty years will see teenage America blossom into enlightened maturity.

    I think the ‘IF’ is huge.

  5. Doesn’t it all go back to the power of the lobbies though? They run everything and political power is an illusion at best. Mindlessly chanting a prayer, believing your country the bestest, being completely insulated from the outside world, curiosity and diversity squelched early and often (see non-Christians, gays and atheists),ensures the continuance of disposable (see lack of healthcare), knuckle-dragging cannon fodder.

  6. Wisewebwoman – welcome to Sparrow Chat. The lobbyists are certainly a powerful and integral part of the whole system; a system that begins to work within the kindergarten and grade schools (even more forcefully in the church schools, of which there are an appallingly high number in this country) and continues as an indoctrinal blast from all quarters until, as you rightly point out, the recipients are ready to be churned out as willing cannon fodder.

    NYM – it does happen somewhat frequently, but as I’ve quoted before, “Great minds…..etc”

  7. As a Brit who had difficulty enough with morning prayers and hymns at school, the idea of pledging allegiance to a flag / state is completely incomprehensible to me. What happens if a child doesn’t want to declare alliegance to a particular state / idea? (I would particularly have difficulty in pledging allegiance to any “one God” / “almighty God”…) It definitely feels like brainwashing to me….

  8. Those “pledges” sound like civil war to me! Thanks…I didn’t know that different states had their own pledges!

    And yes, I am humiliated by the world view of US “health care.” I am especially embarrassed that the Shrub would veto (because he ‘cares about the poor children’) a child healthcare bill that costs about 3.5 times what we are currently spending in a MONTH in Iraq to cover ten million poor kids for years!

  9. We linked to you at Vocalo.org (a radio project) about this post. We would love for you to record some of your commentary so we can play it on air.

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