“Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world.”
I always loved that song. When I was a kid, it always cheered me, made me happier, made me just a little more secure. As I grew, I had my beefs with God, had my tangles with spirituality, but I’ve always believed that particular part of that particular song. It stuck with me.
So imagine my surprise this week when I heard it again. Only it wasn’t referring to Jesus…
“He said red, yellow, black or white
All are equal in his sight
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama”
Wait a minute.
Barack Hussein Obama?
My son, had he gone to a public school (thank GOD he didn’t go to a public school), could not say a prayer before his meal. He could not have a moment of silence because he might be thinking a prayer during that time. Whenever schools even intimate that they might be having a “Christmas” celebration, the ACLU is breathing down their neck, citing the fictional “Separation of Church and State” Clause of the Constitution.
Those same children go on to sing:
“Hello, Mr. President we honor you today!
For all your great accomplishments, we all doth say “hooray!”
Hooray, Mr. President! You’re number one!
The first black American to lead this great nation!”
That is sung to the (butchered) tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”, which is yet another song that is no longer taught in public school because it’s about God. And that’s not allowed. Because it might “force” kids to “worship” where they don’t want to.
As much as I might disagree with the extremes that the “separation of church and state” campaign has gone, I can understand the basis of it. If you’re a practicing Jew, but cannot afford to send your child to a private Hebrew school, you don’t want his grade being based upon him singing praises to Jesus Christ. If you’re a Muslim, you might not approve of him starting every meal with “Bless us oh Lord, for these, thy gifts we are about to receive…”
But what about those of us who don’t want our children worshiping false idols? That one spans the religions. I know it’s there in the Ten Commandments, which are common to both Christianity and Judaism. I’m not intimately familiar with the Qu’aran, but what I could figure out, through both internet searching and looking through the copy I have in my house (yes, I have one), it doesn’t condone false idolatry, either.
What about those of us who teach our children to be suspicious of Government, to not trust blindly, but to examine the motives of every move they make? Are those children allowed to tell their teachers, “No thanks, I’d prefer not to sing that song”?
Where is the ACLU on this one? Where is the “mainstream” press – ABC, NBC, CBS? These songs sound suspiciously like worship songs, and yet? Silence. Or, in the case of the “blogosphere,” attacks.
I fear what it will take for people to wake up. I fear that when enough of us finally do, it will only be to remember the way things used to be. To tell our grandchildren, “yeah, I used to be able to drive whatever car I wanted; I used to be able to choose my own doctor. I used to be able to buy a Coca-Cola for only 75¢, and without the Sugar, Fat, and Sin Taxes!”
What happened to Common Sense? Where are those who will stand up for it?