|Rhode Island Public High School Students arrive on National Mall in Washington.|
(Dissociated Press) Atheist organizations are hailing their success in forcing public schools to protect students from violations of the Constitution during class trips to our nation's capitol.
Richard Stifle, president of The Freedom from Religion and Anything Atheists Don't Like Foundation, announced that his organization and a coalition of atheist public-interest lawyers have reached a pre-trial settlement with the nation's 98,817 public schools to avert a multi-trillion dollar lawsuit over the exposure of students to illegal violations of the First Amendment during school trips to Washington, D.C.
Beginning January 1, 2012, students visiting the National Mall and other historic locations in Washington D.C. will be required by federal court order to wear blindfolds.
However, Stifle cautioned against calling the mandatory eyeware "blindfolds".
"Oh, we... don't call the mandatory opaque student optical apparel "blindfolds". We atheists call them "First Amendment Spectacles"-- they help kids see the atheist version of their First Amendment rights and help to protect kids from violations of their right to separation of church and state."
Why are schoolkids required by the Constitution to wear blindfolds in our nation's capital, this reporter asked?
"The National Mall is a crime scene", Stifle said. "Everywhere there are references to God and Christianity on government buildings. The National Mall is one big prayer mural. We have a Constitutional responsibility to protect students."
Stifle noted that many major government buildings in the heart of the capital are slathered with God-talk, which is obviously a violation of the First Amendment, which explicitly demands separation of church and state and prohibits all civic reference to God everywhere forever.
"We protect our kids from seeing even a whiff of religious speech in school, but who protects them when they're on class trips?" Stifle implored. "The danger to students is real. Some may feel ostracized and excluded if they realize that our nation's most important institutions and monuments are covered with illegal references to God. "
"Child safety doesn't end when kids leave school property."Stifle warned. "Prayer predators are everywhere, waiting to violate your child's right to Constitutional separation of church and state".
Stifle provided The Dissociated Press with several crime scene photos:
|Display of Ten Commandments on frieze of Supreme Court, which has outlawed display of Ten Commandments on the friezes of court buildings.|
|Display of Ten Commandments on door of Supreme Court chamber, where the Supreme Court has outlawed display of Ten Commandments on doors of court chambers.|
|Display of Ten Commandments over Supreme Court benches, where Supreme Court Justices sit and outlaw display of Ten Commandments over court benches.|
|Display of Ten Commandments on floor of entrance to National Archives, which contains the Constitution that outlaws display of Ten Commandments on floors of entrances to government archives.|
|Lincoln Memorial: Outrageous display of a violation of separation of church and state by our 16th President, with actual Bible quotations!|
|Thousands of violations of separation of church and state at Arlington National Cemetery!|
|Notorious violations of separation of church and state at National Archives: "All men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights..."|
|Jefferson Memorial: Violation of wall of separation between church and state in quote from Virginia Act for Establishing Religious Freedom written by author of term "wall of separation between church and state".|
"We need to protect our children from seeing violations of the Constitutional separation of church and state", noted Stifle, solemnly, "even when they're not actually on school property.' "We are teaching children how to spot violation of separation of church and state crimes that put their freedom in danger on all government property. We are putting lessons in schools to educate students".
Here's one lesson that warns of the dangers:
Danger to your freedom!
Anodyne fifty-year old prayer mural
And here's another lesson that shows how to spot friendly adults who don't put your freedom in danger:
No danger to your freedom!
Judge ordering people to shut up.
Stifle beamed: "We've even started a public education campaign for school kids to help them appreciate the atheist interpretation of the First Amendment. We are putting up posters in all public schools around the country, in place of where the illegal prayers used to be."
"We call it the 'Freedom is Blind' Campaign."
|"Freedom is Blind"|
The Constitution protects you from seeing things atheists don't like!
"Finally", Stifle intoned, smiling, "we're going to teach kids what separation of church and state really means."