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Kids, Your Learning Days Are Over -- Amendment 2 Passes Resoundingly

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The people have spoken.
Missouri's Amendment 2 passed with an overwhelming 83 percent of the vote yesterday, proving that Missourians really want to pray in schools, acknowledge God (or Allah, or Odin for that matter -- 'sup, you divine one-eyed lug?) and generally express their religious beliefs in public. All of those rights are protected by the amendment.

What the ballot wording didn't mention was that Amendment 2 also ensures students can opt out of any school assignment that violates their religious beliefs. 

If you think there aren't smart-ass kids out there who are heartened by this development, you were probably one of those kids who turned in every term paper and science project early and in one of those clear plastic binders. You know, a fart-huffer.

I honestly wish this thing had passed when I was still in school. It's not because kids will successfully challenge the teacher on every weekend homework assignment because it interferes with sacrificing their goats to Baphomet, or because kids will recuse themselves from class during the unit on fractions -- man, I hated fractions -- on the grounds of them being offensive to Janus, but because there will always be that kid who merely threatens to do so, and in doing so starts an argument with the teacher about that kid not worshipping Janus or Baphomet or whoever he's claiming this time. 

And each one of those arguments pushes the clock closer and closer to the end of the period with nothing getting done.

Think back to your school days. How many classroom protests about workloads or seating arrangements changed anything? None of 'em, that's how many. But, oh, how kids would argue the point, eating up minutes of class time. With an actual state law granting the kid a legal leg to stand upon, that kid's gonna be a tyrant of time-wasting.

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tnie
tnie

I have a kid who would absolutely have done what you're describing, and he even said he wishes this had passed a couple years ago when he was still in high school.  His god of choice would have probably been Cthulhu.  And I would definitely have gotten a few calls from the principal.  I probably would have defended my son, too - we both think this was a terrible amendment.  This was his first voting experience - he researched every choice before going to vote, and he was very surprised at how deceptive the ballot language was for this.

Cindy Daniels Graven
Cindy Daniels Graven

not many people really knew what they were voting for!!!! bummer..........let the litigation begin.

justin.shire
justin.shire

The timing of the amendment, basically a republican heavy primary, seems to be very under handed and strategic.

Etchika Ellis
Etchika Ellis

The educational system in America is such a joke that I would be impressed if a student of mine had the nerve to make such a challenge and produce documentation to back it up...When I worked in the school system the largest department was special education...It is sad to say but I doubt seriously if they would take the time to read long enough to even know this was possible...

Darlene Meyer Yurkins
Darlene Meyer Yurkins

they are finding every crack, crevice, and unlocked back door to advance their agenda, aren't they? looks like I'm going to have to fight for my kid to get a quality education, too.

Mark Cundiff
Mark Cundiff

May as well hand the keys over to China now....

jealousblues
jealousblues

I still dont get why this was needed.  I just emailed the "yes on 2" people for clarification.If most of this was already covered by the constitution and the other difference was "kids can get out of work they dont agree with"

why wasnt THAT the blurb on the ballot instead of something about protecting the right to pray.

 

Anyway couldnt religious people get out of stuff like sex ed before anyway? 

smdrpepper
smdrpepper topcommenter

Missouri, what were you thinking to let this idiocy pass and by such a large margin?  We are truly on the road back to the Dark Ages.  Enjoy these scientific advances while we have them cause at this point, religion is taking over everything.  They already deny actual science as is, even going as far as denying electricity. 

Maybe they are right, this really IS the end of days.

Dakota95
Dakota95

 @smdrpepper

 I'm religous but I love science, stop stereotyping. Plus if kid challenges a teacher on homework that went against what they believe they probably wouldnt do either way.

ProjectMelton
ProjectMelton

 @Dakota95 Fine. I'll stop stereotyping. Instead of saying, "All religious people are idiots," I will simply say that YOU are an idiot. Better?

Your_Momma
Your_Momma

 @Dakota95  @smdrpepper 

This is a cover to let kids disengage from lessons regarding evolution, which is a fact. 

 

I guarantee the same folks will have a problem when Muslim children choose to not write a report or be in lessons or discussions regarding 9/11 attacks.

 

This was meant to be freedom for those of the Christian religion. Freedom to disengage from facts which are contradictory to their beliefs about the supernatural. 

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