Someone sent a poem to me,
A satire on how prayer is “free”-
At least it should be free in schools
Like things that really break the “rules”
Things like hair dye, pregnancy,
And other facts we hate to see
In kids who should do what elders say,
And first on that list would be to pray.
I’m now an elder, yet every day,
I am denied my right to pray
By those who sent this biased poem.
It seems that, when outside my home,
I still must hide my faith’s proud sign,
Lest those who fear would try to find
A way to terrorize my child
With tales of “demons” and the wild
Myths of hell we don’t believe.
I hide my faith; I must deceive
Those “faithful” who cannot believe
That others of an able mind
In other faiths can solace find.
Am I a Buddhist or a Hindu?
Am I a Wiccan or a Jew?
I do some act they cannot stand-
Do I wear rings upon my hand
With pentacle or 6-point star?
Is there a Buddha in my car?
Do I observe the Ramadan?
Or dance with coven, hand in hand,
On New Moon night, ablaze with star?
They say that we have gone too far
By taking prayer out of the schools.
I agree! Let’s change the rules!
Let’s have ALL kids allowed to pray
In their own faith’s most honored way.
Let’s punish those who can’t allow
When kids towards Mecca make their bow;
Let’s post the Wiccan Rede beside
Commandments others must abide.
Let’s honor ALL the faiths we share;
Let’s penalize those who think that “prayer”
Can follow only their thin rules.
Or let’s still keep prayer out of schools,
So that my children, who don’t “pray” like theirs
Will not be tortured for their prayers.
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