The Notion of God in Schools

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John Winthrop stated an extremely fierce and vivid quote in A Model of Christian Charity, “If Americans turn away from the Christian God this nation will be punished.” I personally like this quote because my generation and the generations before me grew up saying “I pledge allegiant to the flag of the United States of American, And to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Unfortunately, my son and his generation of children will grow up not reciting this before and during school hours due to the words, “under god.”

Growing up as a child can be difficult for most, especially once you hit your young adult ages due to others making opinions or believing in only their beliefs and not taking the time to understand others beliefs. My best friend during these years was a Menssianic Jew and these years were especially hard for her. The best way I can describe a Menssianic Jew in my words is it’s mostly a Christian whom believes in most Jewish Laws or customs. My friend being a Menssianic Jew would have to explain to the faculty and peers on why she would not be able to participate in certain plays, programs and activates during the holiday seasons. Unfortunately, in this small town school some faculty and most all peers looked down on her and treated differently as she didn’t fit in. My friend felt because she was a Menssianic Jew she was being punished at times as some teachers wouldn’t allow her to complete extra activates to subside for not being able to participate in the holiday plays, programs or activites. Some of our peers would also treat her like an outsider or make fun of her for being different. At times she was called cruel names, stared at or laughed about. ...

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