Dear God:

Why didn't you save the school children at:

  1. Bath, Michigan 1927
  2. Houston, TX 1959
  3. Moses Lake , Washington 2/2/96
  4. Bethel , Alaska 2/19/97
  5. Pearl , Mississippi 10/1/97
  6. West Paducah , Kentucky 12/1/97
  7. Stamp, Arkansas 12/15/97
  8. Jonesboro , Arkansas 3/24/98
  9. Edinboro , Pennsylvania 4/24/98
  10. Fayetteville , Tennessee 5/19/98
  11. Springfield , Oregon 5/21/98
  12. Richmond , Virginia 6/15/98
  13. Littleton , Colorado 4/20/99
  14. Taber , Alberta , Canada 5/28/99
  15. Conyers , Georgia 5/20/99
  16. Deming , New Mexico 11/19/99
  17. Fort Gibson , Oklahoma 12/6/99
  18. Santee , California 3/ 5/01
  19. El Cajon , California 3/22/01? and
  20. Blacksburg, Virginia 4/16/07?

Concerned Student


Dear Concerned Student:
I am not allowed in schools.

Student: How did this get started?

God: Let's see, I think it started when Madeline Murray O'Hare complained she didn't want any prayer in our schools. And we said, "OK".

Then, someone said you better not read the Bible in school, the Bible that says "thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbors as yourself," And we said, "OK".

Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children, when they misbehaved because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem. And we said, an expert should know what he's talking about, so we won't spank them anymore.

Then someone said teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave. And the school administrators said no faculty member in this school better touch a student when they misbehave because we don't want any bad publicity, and we surely don't want to be sued. And we accepted their reasoning.

Then someone said, let's let our daughters have abortions if they want, and they won't even have to tell their parents. And we said, that's a grand idea.

Then some wise school board member said, since boys will be boys and they're going to do it anyway, let's give our sons all the condoms they want, so they can have all the fun they desire, and we won't have to tell their parents they got them at school. And we said, that's another great idea.

Then some of our top elected officials said it doesn't matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs. And we said, it doesn't matter what anybody, including the President, does in private as long as we have jobs and the economy is good.

And someone else took that appreciation a step further and published pictures of nude children and then stepped further still by making them available on the Internet. And we said, everyone's entitled to free speech.

And the entertainment industry said, let's make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence and illicit sex. And let's record music that encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes. And we said, it's just entertainment and it has no adverse effect and nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, classmates or even themselves.

Undoubtedly, if we thought about it long and hard enough, we could figure it out. I'm sure it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW,"

Pass it on if you think it has merit! If not then just discard it. But if you discard this thought process, then don't you dare sit back and complain about what bad shape this country is in.

In God We Trust



Thanks, Joan, for sharing this.

Maybe the greatest value in the message is the compiled list of these horrors in American schools. Put together that way, one can really get a sense of the terrible pattern.

As to "God's" answer, I would have, to put it diplomatically, a different view. First of all, any human being who dares to speak for God or claims to know God's answers to our questions must be viewed with a healthy dose of suspicion. The message goes on to catalogue the slow dismantling of civil society, through careless and misguided political and social decisions in which we have all played a part. Yes, that list has some validity too, as a list of historical moves that were made. As a list of causes for what has happened in those school tragedies, that's another matter. Or, to put it bluntly, I ain't buyin' it.

Haven't other countries made similar "liberal" reforms? Don't other countries have strictly secular schools that turn out fine doctors and other human beings, for example? (Don' we, for that matter?) Aren't there places where parents do not beat their children in order to teach discipline? And what's all this crapola about "God in schools"? I am old enough to remember being in sixth grade (or fifth?) when the Pledge of Allegiance was changed to include the words, "under God." Even at that age, I wondered what nation on earth was not "under God." Did this mean ruled by God? Or, maybe more likely, blessed by God? If that's the case then why even at that early age did I know that "liberty and justice for all" was a load of b.s. And was I now supposed to believe that God approved?

I had a friend who found God and religion in her life after years of trying to fit in with the street crowd and its values. She became devout and truly grateful for being "saved." She was the first to pull my coat to the idea that money had a curse on it, precisely because we, as a nation, have the gall to put God's name on it. "In God We Trust," we say. On the dollar bill, the motto "Annuit Coeptis" translates, I am told, as "He has approved our enterprise." Both of these mottos, as well as the "Novus Ordo Seclorum," loosely translated as "New World Order," come out of the Masonic tradition, according to what I have read. Some of what I have read has been very complimentary and pro-Masonic and some has been rabidly anti-Masonic, going so far as to suggest that the "He" who approved this enterprise is not God but Lucifer. This then gets into all of that arcane stuff abut the layout of the city of Washington and, most blatantly, into the design of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award that the nation gives, which is in the form of an inverted pentangle. (Cut to "Twilight Zone" theme...)

Having no opinion about things I don't understand, I leave that alone, just registering information in the same spirit that I encourage people to view my own rantings, based on the wise African proverb that "When the fool speaks, the wise man listens." What I DO understand very well, however, is how, in the history of this country, God has been used to justify slavery, "Indian Removal," the oppression of the working classes, the exclusion of women from human rights, and general white supremacy for propertied males whose ill-gotten wealth is stained with the blood of millions. I don't want to hear about what a "great country" this is supposed to be, or supposedly was before all these idiotic reforms like Dr. Spock and non-criminalized abortions came on the scene. I'm not saying that either of those are right, or wrong, for that matter. I am saying that adult human beings can decide for themselves, based on their experience. conditions and aspirations, what seems right for them. We may not always be right, but that's why we have social debate and why true friends offer friends wise counsel when they think it is needed. The idea that some of us are supposed to decide for a whole bunch of others of us -- whom we don't even know and care even less about -- what they are supposed to be doing with their lives is one that I cannot accept,

That, after all, is the entire basis of slavery. Worse than that, let's understand what slavery is. It was not a "peculiar institution" or a "way of life," "in which chivalry took its last bow," as the GWTW romance would have it, or just unpaid labor. Slavery is violence, plain and simple. It is a regime of unremitting violence in order to maintain an unnatural and perverted social order, and the undeserved privilege and power of the class of people who perpetrate the violence. In America, this routine abuse was accompanied and compounded by the carnage, genocide, and chemical and psychological warfare that was visited upon the Indigenous nations in order to clear them away from the land and expropriate its resources. Everything that America "gives thanks for" every November, all of the "blessings" that we attribute to God and his approval of our way of life, are the spoils of these horrible acts, which still account for the great MAJORITY of the country's history.

Today, no other country on earth has stockpiled more weapons of mass destruction (a phrase that has become all to glib, as if it were normal, much like the way in which "Right wing death squads "was bandied about in the news media during the Ronald Raygun years, as if that, too, were something normal to live with); no other country has more handguns and rifles circulating among the general population, no other country has more people per capita in prison, no other country glorifies and feeds on violence as a way of addressing differences and even as a source of entertainment(!), and no other nation is as openly contemptuous and disrespectful of other nations (respecting them is considered "butt-kissing") than this one. (Even before the Iraq horror, some will remember, there was the [in]famous walkout, with the Israelis, from the International Conference on Racism in Durban, South Africa, attended by cabinet-level ministers from around the world, but trashed by our government, in the person of one Colin Powell, as merely a forum to talk bad about us and our Israeli allies. Less than ten days later, the 9/11 attacks occurred. Maybe there was a link, and maybe not. But it was yet another case when our nation showed the world its true colors, and its butt to kiss.)

With such a history, with such a culture, with such divisions and disparities between haves and have-nots, between rulers and ruled, we are supposed to be shocked by incidents when disaffected people, whose self-esteem has bottomed out to below the crisis level, arm themselves and seek to address their frustrations in the same way that the most powerful and privileged in this country do -- with violence! And then we have the nerve to say that the cause of this is that we have turned our backs on God! Schools get shot up with multiple murders and suicides because, "God" says, "He" (and what is this business of God having gender, anyway?) "is not allowed in the schools anymore." When He was allowed, WE weren't, so what's up with that claim? I suppose Integration ranks right up there with the rest of the "liberal" transgressions in the list.

We have no idea who created this message, but it is, undoubtedly, profound! -- Diva JC



I come from a long line of Ancestors who have understood and respected God for a mighty long time. We did not to be schooled by criminals as to who God is, or what God wants. We have always known that "God is Love," that we must treat ourselves, others, and the rest of nature as all being manifestations of God, and therefore we coexist in respect and harmony. Of course there will be competition, and there will be differences and conflicts, but all of these are resolved in the spirit of knowing that our commonalities and similarities far outweigh our apparent differences. This is why it has become so much of our role in society to be the practitioners of a better, more harmonious way of understanding the universe, one another, and, yes, God. We know that there is only one universe from which nothing is eliminated, so we know better than to entertain dumb fantasies of the world being a better place if so-and-so were not in it.

True enough, however, and sad enough to recount, many of us, too many, have been seduced by the beliefs of our adversaries, have been insufficiently schooled in the wisdom of their Ancestors, have endured to much pain from the daily exercise of physical and psychic violence and thus become their, and our, worst problem as we seek to restore, redeem and reclaim our collective selfhood and sanity from the ravages of the last 500 traumatic years of being excluded, maligned, exploited and misrepresented. To many of us still believe the lies that were told, because it was the only language we were taught, and we act accordingly. But at least we are, for the most part, conscious of there being a problem.

What is to be said of those unfortunate children who have been taught even more lies, whose failure to live up to the myths of their supposed greatness that is supposed to come with the happenstance of being born "white," drives them to the pit of despair and frustration and self-hate, and therefore hatred of others. (At least that's one guess at the motive, and the same can apply, as we well know, to those who are not "white.") Sure, there is some spiritual dimension to all of this -- good and evil spirits at work with weaker human beings as their tools; almost every religion has some way of interpreting and explaining this, and this is why so may of us spend so much time in prayer. The reverence for God that the writer of this message calls for is much needed, but not in the self-righteous posturing and judgmental pronouncements that are bandied about here so cutely.

We have drifted so far from the path that it almost seems impossible, or at least unrealistic, for us to actually cultivate love for all human beings equally, kings and fools, prostitutes and princesses, heroes and hustlers, old, young, rich, poor, male, female, gay, straight, Black, White, Other, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Gentile, loud and aggressive, shy and quiet, etc., etc. Beneath all the pretexts and appearances and possessions and titles and labels and symbols, we're all just naked primates trying to make it on this planet. Compete we must, and defend ourselves, of course. Other beings have horns, fangs, armor, thorns, claws, etc., etc., while we have what we call "intelligence.' Those others, who we say lack intelligence, are so much more attuned than we. They do not fight unless it is necessary. They were all safely out of the way of the tsunami while we were caught unknowing. They navigate thousands of miles without maps or GPS devices, and return to the same nesting places. We, on the other hand, prefer plastic cards and machines to human contact. We eat flesh that we haven't hunted while listening to reports of bombings and killings, totally disconnected from what either experience means. We are living in a protected asylum that has been taken over by the most disturbed inmates, who run it according to their fantasies and delusions, which they now have the cherished "freedom" to make into tangible realities, at great expense to others in the unseen, unacknowledged nether world of slave pens, sweat shops, prisons and slums. How "intelligent" are we really?

This is not a call to retreat to some Lalaland of our own fantasies, nor a putdown of where we are and what we are. It is just a reminder of awareness, of the fact that we are so much more than we might seem to be when we think of our identities as being defined by the car we drive, the clothing or jewelry that we wear, the title of our jobs, the flags we wave or the particular religion that connects us to God. In my estimation there is a much greater common identity -- which might even be said to be with God -- which has so much more to say about who and what we are than all of those pretenses to individual differences. We can dare to imagine a society in which our common interests and communications are so engaging and important and understood that we hardly need to use words, and our differences in color, size, look and talent are so incidental as to not even be a subject of conversation. This, I think, is not only possible, but has existed many times in many places, and continues, far away from our perceptions. I can also understand why the seizers of the asylum feel absolutely, morbidly threatened by anything like this, that would disabuse them of their pretended importance and reveal the truth they fear confronting the most: that they are sick. Lest I be accused of judgmentalism myself, I would clarify that "they" are us, all of us, who are participating in this false world of disconnections.

Now that would be a REAL Wake Up!

Love, Peace, Guidance, all ways,

Dinizulu Gene Tinnie


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We have no idea who created this message, but it is, undoubtedly, profound! -- Diva JC