Act 1, Scene 1: Our dining room over dinner last Wednesday, the day after Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved adding Amendment 2 to our state’s constitution
ME: Wow! I can’t believe so many people voted for that amendment. I don’t think a lot of them really understood what they were voting for. I read an exit interview with one woman who said she’d voted “Yes,” because “Prayer is a nice thing.”
HUSBAND: Yeah, I think you’re right. There’s going to be lots of school kids getting religion.
HUSBAND: Well, according this new amendment, kids can now refuse to do school work if they say it violates their religion. There’s going to be lots of kids saying they don’t want to study evolution now.
ME: And yet they’re still going to be required to answer questions about it on state tests that let people know how well their schools are doing educating them.
Act 1, Scene 2: My daughter’s room at bedtime
ME: Good night, sweetie.
DAUGHTER (looking thoughtful): Mom?
DAUGHTER: Can I really tell my teachers that homework is against my religion?
ME (after pondering this question a moment): Sure. Your dad and I would understand why. We’d probably even think it’s funny.
DAUGHTER (mischievous grin lighting up her face): Really?!
ME: But we’d make you do the homework anyway.
DAUGHTER (looking disappointed): Oh, okay. Goodnight, Mom.
ME (kissing her forehead): Goodnight, my love.
Scene 1, Act 1: A classroom in a public school near you
STUDENT (raising his hand): Teacher?
STUDENT: I don’t want to do this assignment. It’s against my religion.
To be continued …
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