Now this is just silly.
A school district in California has decided it is a better idea to reject $45,000 in fundraised money than to allow a few bricks with inoffensive verses from the Bible to be included.
At this point I don’t really think it matters if it is true anti-Christianity, or just knee-jerk anti-Christianity, because it’s really just silly.
I’m quite certain that there were guidelines about what kinds of messages would be refused—offensive and/or explicit content, natch—but in those cases you just refund the money of the offending individuals with a polite explanation. The only reason I can think of to scrap the whole fundraiser would be because they knew they didn’t have a good reason to refuse these bricks, but they just couldn’t bring themselves to accept them. Whether it was out of blind secularism or true anti-Christianity, it’s still just silly.
The school district solicited funds by selling space for messages. These ladies purchased space and submitted their messages. The school district didn’t sponsor the messages, nor did they choose them. Heck, lay these bricks on the edges of the walkways and then put flower pots on top of them if it’s that much of a problem.
And take a look at the offending verses:
Psalm 68:34, “Tell everyone about God’s power.”
Luke 17:13, “No one can serve two masters.”
Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
2 Corinthians 5:17, “…The old life is gone, a new one has begun.”
Ephesians 5:32, “…Be kind to each other…forgive one another.”
What on earth is objectively offensive about those? There’s no mention of Christ, Mary, the sacraments, or anything that is specifically Christian in nature nor that aggressively proselytizes, which still wouldn’t be *offensive* even if they were there, but at least then the silly persons could claim (albeit wrongly) that they were inappropriate for public school grounds.
Frankly, no one but a militant atheist or materialist, or the most knee-jerk secularist anti-Christian could be opposed to those passages.
And they’re the ones running our school districts. No wonder kids can’t read, write, or do sums, but daggonit they know how to spot un-nice-ness and how to put on a condom!