Homily for Sunday, July 11, 2010

Dear Parishioners,

Since the Pledge of Allegiance and the Lord’s Prayer are not allowed in most public schools anymore, because the word “God” is mentioned, a child in Arizona wrote the following:

The New Pledge of Allegiance

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 any time 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 control,
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!


                                                       Fr. Michael Phillippino


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