We’ve plowed ground like this before, but the end of the school year brings my happy household another reminder of the porous separation of church and state in South Dakota.
My daughter brings home her massive end-of-year stack of school papers, among which I find a note to all parents from her classroom teacher. This teacher signs off the note with “God Bless.”
My tax dollars paid for that paper and the copy machine it ran through. My tax dollars paid the salary of the teacher who issued this declaration or religious faith while conducting school business.
To test the propriety of using public resources to express religious sentiments, allow me to offer my top ten list of alternative happy-summer teacher sign-offs. If “God Bless” is acceptable, how about…
- Allah Bless
- Buddha Bless
- God Bless All of Her Children
- Gods Bless
- God Won’t Bless, Because I’m a Deist Like Thomas Jefferson
- God Won’t Bless, Because There Is No God
- God Bless, Unless You Believe in a Different God from Mine
- God Bless Hillary Clinton
- Study Hard—Your Next Teacher Will Give You Homework August 24th!
Or how about we just play Rod Stewart?
Nuts—can’t get away from the suffusion of Christian language in pop culture, either. How about a teacher e-mail out a critique of organized religion and megachurches?