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Religious Meetings To Resume At Joplin Middle Schools

Joplin middle schools will soon be able to have religious group meetings before or after school again.  The meetings led by teachers were cancelled last month after the American Humanist Association threatened to sue.  Joplin School Board President Jeff Koch tells News Talk KZRG meetings can be held if they’re not led by teachers.

“Community led groups.  And they have gone through that route to get set up to be able to start meeting before and after school as they did before, but as a community led group.”

Several middle school students came to Tuesday night’s (1/24) Joplin School Board meeting to show they’re in favor of the religious meetings.  Isabella Lankford, a sixth grader at South Middle School, told the School Board the Eagles For Christ meetings are important for her.  “Jesus is a big part of my life, so I think there should be a before or after school meeting honoring Christ.”
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22 thoughts on “Religious Meetings To Resume At Joplin Middle Schools”

  1. Religion has no place in or around our public school system. If you want to practice your religious beliefs, do it at church!

    1. Aaron, as a Christian, my faith cannot be compartmentalized, because it is not just another part of my life – it is the center of my life, out of which all else flows. I can’t just leave it home or at church.

      1. This is the same mentality of most totalitarian Muslim countries. Think about that for a minute. It is also the reason they have failed to progress in meaningful ways. Religion is a matter of personal conscience, not public policy. When we make religion a matter of public policy, We will sew seeds of discord and begin to regress as a society.

        1. Negative on the Muslim country comparisons. No one is being decapitated for not being christian. Also. It is not mandatory. It is not in any way required. It is not funded by the school. And most important part of seperation of church and state as outlined by Thomas Jefferson is that the state is not to tell the individual they can’t worship.

      2. Try asking yourself why you believe in something that cannot be proved, has never done anything to help humanity, never shown itself and only exists because of where you live. If you were born in Iran you would be a Muslim, in India a Hindu, in Tibet a Buddhist. In fact in the USA you could believe in all manner of improbably fantasies – Mormonism, Scientology, several flavours of Christianity, to name just a few.
        In short there is no God and never has been – only the remnants of Bronze Age superstitions.

        1. But yet the entire country is based upon the central idea of a God. So basically by living here you are supporting what you are saying is so terrible.

          1. Firstly, the country is not based on any God. All faiths are tolerated – or at least they should be – but none should dictate to the population or demand special favour.
            Secondly, I don’t live in the US.

          2. Wow. All of your discussion became completely irrelevant. And yes the USA is based on Christian value.
            “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” – Declaration of Independence, 1776 Which also trumps the argument that we should not allow kids to worship. But you wouldn’t understand because you aren’t American.

          3. The ignorance of certain Christians is frustrating. What you just quoted is the Declaration Of Independence, not the constitution, of which I’d like to make a couple points.

            No law or laws are based on that document. It has no force or standing in our legal system.

            The DOI never mentions god. It mentions a generic creator, whic to some could just be their parents.

            The reason a creator was even mentioned in the document was because the King believed he ruled by divine right. Your quote continues,

            “That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

            So, no, our government is not based on Chistianity. It says that government is instuted by we the people and does not take religion of any type into consideration.

            If you read it in the context in which it was written, is a big FU to the king because it says we believe everyone has the right to rule under a secular government.

            Quit spreading falsehoods and trying to shove your religion onto our kids.

          4. You sir, are taking the constitution out of Thomas Jefferson’s context where he specifically explains in his writings it was based off of the reality of a “supreme” being. But as liberals do you just name call and assume I haven’t read hundreds of books on the subject of the constitution, revolution, etc. But hey, your against bullying right?

          5. “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.” -Thomas Jefferson

        2. Also. There is a great church right in joplin that would love to have you. Not try and convert you. Just come to church for a few weeks and when the holy spirit touches you, you may change your mind.

    2. Then we have to stop teaching American history, no money can be taken inside, pledge of allegiance has to stop, no more getting out of school for Thanksgiving Easter or Christmas. If you don’t like it don’t attend. Thomas Jefferson intent with article 6 is summed up as “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

  2. I went to elementary school in the 70s here in Missouri Webb City actually .We did not have teachers leading religious meetings nor did we have religious community meetings held on school grounds. There is supposed to be separation of church and state and if you feel different perhaps a private religious school would be useful for you to practice your religious beliefs.

    1. The seperation is that you do not have to attend. Teachers are not being paid to do it. There is not only one religious group that is allowed. And the most important part of seperation of church and state is that the state can’t tell the individual that it is not allowed.

      1. Look up the term peer pressure and get back to us. Those kids that attend these meetings are usually also taught to question their friends why they weren’t there. This type of subtle bullying should never be done to children.

        1. You use the term bullying to loosely. I would much rather have my kid peer pressured into a supervised meeting that is full of moral teaching than say peer pressured to smoke after school. Are you from the 4 state area? The same “bullying” as you call it can easily come from football, basketball, or any other sport. I was a varsity athlete, it was much more harsh than not going to an FCA meeting.

        2. I think you rant comes from you being atheist. Southwest missouri is a predominantly Christian area. Also I’m tired of the VIEW of the few interrupting the RIGHT of the money.

        3. Also everyone. Look at this guy’s other posts. All he does is troll around and bash religion and conservatism. He seems like an angry atheist not from the community. I posted as a citizen from the 4 state area who was glad to see this. I hope you find a calling David. I hope you find something to believe in. It’s so much more satisfying than believing in nothing.

      2. The separation is that you don’t need to hold prayers in schools. By all means pray with your kids at home before they go to school, but leave it there. It has no place in an educational establishment. Literary fiction is the only fiction that should be allowed in a school.

        1. Your interpretation of seperation is not the written explanation of the writers of the constitution. I think your rant comes from you being atheist. Southwest missouri is a predominantly Christian area. Also I’m tired of the VIEW of the few interrupting the RIGHT of the money. Also you thoughts on it are irrelevant. You are not American and don’t understand the culture, constitution, or sacrifice that soldiers from the revolution to current for this and many more freedoms.

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