God *is* allowed in public schools

If you’re on Facebook, chances are you’ve seen someone post this to their wall:

A dog had followed his owner to school. His owner was a fourth grader at a public elementary school. However, when the bell rang, the dog went inside the building and made it all the way to the child’s classroom before a teacher noticed and shooed him outside, closing the door behind him.The dog sat down,whimpered and stared at the closed doors. Then God appeared beside the dog, patted his head, and said, "Don’t feel bad fella they won’t let ME in either ".

The idea behind this post is a farce, attempting to assert that God is not allowed in public schools. This is pure, Grade A bullshit to anyone who knows the law, knows what the Courts have actually said, not what religious public relations organizations have misquoted the Courts as saying.

If you take all of the Court decisions, from the Supreme Court on down, what is actually being said? Only one thing: religious expression by students in public schools cannot be implicitly or explicitly compulsory. I’ve summarized this before:

Any religious practice by students on a public school campus should be entirely of the student’s free will and not compelled or mandated by school rules, city ordinances, or state laws. It should also be on the student’s own free time, outside the classroom such as in a study hall or, if in the classroom, in such a way that it is not disruptive to other students.

But many people seem to think that the Courts ruling that the government cannot mandate prayer in a public school is equivalent to saying no one can pray in a public school.

God, walk into our public schools. I know that you can see through the lies your so-called representatives are spreading. You know that you are still allowed in public schools, and that many among the students want you there. But would you riddle me this: would you prefer that students call out to you when they see fit, or when their teachers and administrators say it is? Would you prefer each person willingly seek you and your guidance, or would you prefer their teachers and administrators force them to do so?

Christians, which do you think God prefers?