Keith Sanzen is a friend on Facebook. I just (happily) stumbled across him through Jason Major. Keith always has an excellent and concise way of expressing himself. I admire that! Here is what he posted on FB earlier today.
“BTW – I really hate the picture of the “shirt” that is constantly being posted (at least in my news feed) that asks the question “God, why do you allow so much violence in schools?” and has “God” replying, “I am not allowed in schools.” If God is that which sustains life, love, compassion and the foundation of courage which gives people the strength to sacrifice their lives in order to save someone else … indeed save a whole classroom of children, children they only just met a few months ago … then God was very much there. That is a God there every single day. What is banned in schools is a preferred endorsement of a particular version of religion – words and symbols which are worshiped for their place in cultural power more than their substance. Empty words like those written on this shirt that seem to support “God” over “immoral secularism” and yet provide the rather questionable morality in the implication that “if only you had school prayer (or whatever it is they are complaining about not being in schools) none of this would have happened.” I have little tolerance with theologies that blame the victim. If God were a deity that would give the response on that shirt, I would say that god is kind of a jerk.” Keith Sanzen