Sunday, June 23, 2013

What happened to Lying being a sin?

Don't Christians still consider lying to be a sin? A recent cover story of the Christian Science Monitor seems contrary to that little ban. The content of the story does in a few places hint that the title may be a bit hyperbolic but overall the writing seems to be promoting a blatantly false premise. Lee Lawrence's feature is titled, "School prayer: 50 years after the ban, God and faith more present than ever."

Being a religious based magazine it might not have bothered me so much but it is a fairly well respected publication that does carry a certain amount of authority. It is also tiring and irksome to constantly hear this myth treated as if it is a fact. There is NO ban on prayer in school. Any student can pray whenever and wherever they wish so long as it is not disruptive or coerced.

If the Christian Monitor had any decency or standards they should have either not run the piece or made it clear that it is an opinion piece. There are a few instances, as I've already stated, where he gets things somewhat right but most of it is just warmed over delusional religious right talking points masquerading as an article.

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