Students Praying Will Prevent Pregnancy and STDs

These PEOPLE, and no, it being Kentucky does not make it okay or not surprising or not outrageous or whatever.Nobody deserves this, and there is nothing cool about not being enraged by it:

The American Family Association of Kentucky –- a fundamentalist Christian nonprofit that says its mission is to “oppose the barriers to the flow of God’s love to all people” –-asked its members to sign a petition last week pushing for the legalization of prayer in local public schoools. The petition states that after the removal of prayer from public schools, teen pregnancy and violent crime rates spiked 500 percent, instances of STDs increased 226 percent and SAT scores plummeted for 18 consecutive years. Taken together, the petition said, these conditions “open[ed] the door for the AIDS epidemic and the drug culture.”

The petition notes that Florida and Mississippi have new laws allowing students to pray during school events. Indeed, a 2013 Mississippi law requires public schools to develop policies that allow students to initiate prayer at school events and over the school intercom; that law also prohibits school officials from instigating prayer. A 2012Florida law allows students to read “inspirational messages” at voluntary school events.

The American Family Association petition calls on Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (D) to enact legislation modeled after the Mississippi and Florida laws.

“Florida and Mississippi have already put prayer (religious speech) back into their schools!” the petition states. “Students praying again will eventually turn our country back to God!”

I really would not blame God at this point if He, in His wisdom, said you know what, I’mma keep My eyes on some sparrows for a while, because you hairless monkeys are pissing Me OFF right now.


8 thoughts on “Students Praying Will Prevent Pregnancy and STDs

  1. This logical fallacy is called “post hoc ergo proctor hoc.”
    In english it translates to “after this, therefore because of this.”
    In logic, the fallacy is displayed as childishly stupid:
    A happened, then B happened.
    Therefore A caused B.

  2. Because if there’s any state whose schools you want to copy, it’s Mississippi.
    And I say this as someone who got 16 years of fancy-pants book-l’arnin’ there.

  3. The AFA’s motto should be: “The American Xtian Family, where Ignorance and Insanity Take Root.”
    And, yeah, who on earth sees Mississippi as an educational role model? Bone-stupid crazy people, that’s who.
    Lots of people say that’s inflammatory, but these people really do want to run this country, when, in fact, they would run it into the ground, and at high speed. People are not in favor of airplane crashes, so why be noncommittal about crashing the country?

  4. These people can pray as much as they want.
    And they are 100% wrong about the SAT scores. They have stayed virtually the same for 40 years.
    Of course, as the stupid continues to creep into Mississippi, it is entirely possible their scores have gone down. But for some reason I doubt all their “statistics” — don’t know why —

  5. First, not to be a dick, but it’s “propter hoc”.
    Then there’s this. Kentucky, as wonderful a commonwealth as there ever was, has more problems to deal with than school borne prayer that will supposedly lead their youth back to those wonderful days when everything was just peachy as God had intended.
    This prayer thing is all well and good but how does it help child poverty and hunger? There’s plenty of both in the Bluegrass and it’s doubtful praying it away will work any better than praying away the gay does.

  6. A 2012 Florida law allows students to read “inspirational messages” at voluntary school events.
    And if a Muslim kid wanted to read from the Koran, I’m sure the AFA would be very supportive.

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