Satricial Lord’s Prayer

Satirical Lord’s Prayer for U. S. Public Schools:
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Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God’s name is prohibited by the State.

We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks…
They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.
It’s ‘inappropriate’ to teach right from wrong,
We’re taught that such ‘judgments’ do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles…
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It’s scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!
                            Amen

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There are various claim of authorship,  but this poem seems to have its anonymous origins in the early 1990’s.
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 The Lord’s Prayer is not allowed in most  U.S. Public Schools any more.
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Christian persecution in China

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Chinese Christian under restraint, 2014. From video on World News Site.

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From Daily Telegraph news report, By Tom Phillips, in Shanghai, 5:17AM BST 29 Apr 2014

The Sanjiang church in Wenzhou, a wealthy coastal city in Zhejiang province with one of China's largest Christian populations, was reduced to rubble on Monday night

The Sanjiang church in Wenzhou, a wealthy coastal city in Zhejiang province with one of China’s largest Christian populations, was reduced to rubble on Monday night.



China Aid releases:

2015 Annual Report on Chinese Government Persecution  <<–Link

Wednesday, May 18, 2016. In 2015, China Aid documented 634 cases of persecution.

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Chinese Pastor Jailed For Refusal To Remove Cross From Church

26 February 2016,  Report by The WorldNews (WN) Network and reported by BBC News.

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NY Times Story May 22, 2016: link–>> Decapitated Churches in China’s Christian Heartland.

Quotation from the NY Times story: Several clergy members in the region said they were under pressure to demonstrate their loyalty to the Communist Party. Some churches, for example, have begun extolling Mr. Xi’s campaign to promote “core socialist values” — a slogan meant to offer a secular belief system that bolsters the party’s legitimacy.

Another quotation: A senior church leader, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said he and others had agreed to take down the cross because they feared the church would be demolished if they did not. People were on the verge of losing their jobs, he added, and church elders felt they had no choice but to call on parishioners to give in.

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Opposing Views website- World:

China Clamps Down On Religious Believers

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From Open Doors website:

China remains one of the most complicated countries on the World Watch List as it is multi-faceted and incredibly diverse. While a considerable portion of the country’s persecution is suffered by small groups of Christian converts among the Tibetans and the Muslim Uighurs, Christians among the main Han majority face continuing restrictions as well. While the campaign of breaking down crosses in the province Zhejiang seems to have come to an end, church meetings continue to be disrupted and stopped. Authorities see the meetings as threats when foreigners, media or large groups of people are involved, one example being in the province Guangdong. The curbing of reporting and social media after explosions in Tianjin in August 2015 also serve to limit Christian freedoms. The government’s goal of maintaining power and social harmony includes the control of all religions, including the quickly growing Christian minority.

Open Doors Link: https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/china/

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There is also persecution of anyone who seeks basic human rights:


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Christian persecution in Nigeria

 Attacks on Christians in the North and central part of Nigeria have been going on for 15 + years, killing more than 60,000 people. It has been a combination of Boko Haram Islamic militants and militant-supported Fulani Muslim tribal herdsmen, who want the Christian farmers driven out.
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Christians massacred by Muslim Fulani Tribesmen, allied with Boko Haram.
Christian Today – World.
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Christians killed by Boko Haram (Following photos)
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Churches destroyed:

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Church bombed. Photo: AlterNet, Agence France Presse.
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Christian Persecution in India

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Destroyed Church in India. (AP)
Christian persecution by Hindus rises in India, say humanitarian groups

 

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Pray for a Stranger

Almost all of the prayers in Bible-book studies, at group meals, in family settings, are for ourselves — our little groups we feel close to, our loved ones & friends. Sometimes it’s prayer or thanks for good weather for a particular event. Sometimes it’s for health and safety, again for ourselves and friends we think of, who are on our prayer list. Sometimes it’s for our country’s well-being.

Seldom — like never? — have I observed a group prayer for total strangers, people in desperate circumstances far away, whom we don’t know and will never meet, who can’t have the slightest impact our lives. They are not on our prayer lists — personal or church. They don’t come to mind when we have our little self-absorbed prayer of thanks over the delicious meal just served to our group at a carefully selected nice restaurant.  It’s so safe, so comfortable – so about us.

Next time you’re in one of these close little comfortable groups and someone says: “let us pray”, think outside of yourselves and your immediate surroundings, and see yourself as so blooming lucky and blessed that it’s almost criminal for you to ask for anything else for yourself. Think of some half-starving refugee who has lost her country and security. Pray for her, and others like her, that there is a merciful God that will by some miracle relieve the suffering for as many of these needy people as you can stand to think about before retreating into your “ME” cocoon.

Here’s an example:

Justine Ndizigeyemana, 47, in Nyarugusu, Tanzanian UN Refugee camp. Her husband was shot in their home in Burundi in 2005, and she was raped by soldiers, from whom she contracted an STI that she is still being treated for.


She has been a refugee throughout her life, repeatedly leaving Burundi during conflicts in the 70s and 90s. When she arrived at Nyarugusu camp, she took in two orphans to look after alongside her own children, but she is worried for the future as she doesn’t have any money.
There is inadequate security in the camp, which has maurauding bands of killers and thieves. The United Nations can only raise $1 for every $10 it needs to feed and shelter these refugees.

Pray for a stranger.

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Picture by Phil Moore/Oxfam
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the Guardian online: April 23, 2016.

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