These PEOPLE, and no, it being Kentucky does not make it okay or not surprising or not outrageous or whatever. Nobody deserves this, and there is nothing cool about not being enraged by it:
The American Family Association of Kentucky –- a fundamentalist Christian nonprofit that says its mission is to “oppose the barriers to the flow of God's love to all people” –- asked its members to sign a petition last week pushing for the legalization of prayer in local public schoools. The petition states that after the removal of prayer from public schools, teen pregnancy and violent crime rates spiked 500 percent, instances of STDs increased 226 percent and SAT scores plummeted for 18 consecutive years. Taken together, the petition said, these conditions "open[ed] the door for the AIDS epidemic and the drug culture.”
The petition notes that Florida and Mississippi have new laws allowing students to pray during school events. Indeed, a 2013 Mississippi law requires public schools to develop policies that allow students to initiate prayer at school events and over the school intercom; that law also prohibits school officials from instigating prayer. A 2012 Florida law allows students to read “inspirational messages” at voluntary school events.
The American Family Association petition calls on Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (D) to enact legislation modeled after the Mississippi and Florida laws.
“Florida and Mississippi have already put prayer (religious speech) back into their schools!" the petition states. "Students praying again will eventually turn our country back to God!"
I really would not blame God at this point if He, in His wisdom, said you know what, I'mma keep My eyes on some sparrows for a while, because you hairless monkeys are pissing Me OFF right now.