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Pre-emptive strike on this one. So pass it on before they send it to you! Nevermind the pretty graphics in the email and touching sentiment. It's a HOAX!

Well, don't call the Desk a spoiled sport, because it liked it too, and thought about sending it on... but... it seemed like one of those things that was too good to be true, and guess what? It was.

Even though the message itself is true, teachers can preach Islam or celebrate Buddhist holidays but not Christian, the claim of authorship by a schoolkid and all is bogus.

Some resources that discuss it. (the Truthminers site has been taken down. We removed the link. Thank you)

Snopes' version

Break the Chain

But what is more amazing is the Christian sites that have posted it and treated it as legitimate and as part of their ministry without any background checking of it at all. To find examples of this, put New School Prayer into a search engine like

SPAM FOLLOWS Presented as it was received with only the graphics removed.

On Tue, 6 Apr 2004 15:57:16 -0400,
Subject:  the Pledge of Allegiance

Since the Pledge of Allegiance and The Lord's Prayer are not allowed in most public schools anymore because the word "God" is mentioned.... a kid in Arizona wrote the attached NEW School prayer.
  I liked it....

Now I sit me down in school
  Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
  Finds mention of Him very odd .

If Scripture now the class recites,
  It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
  Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
  That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
  Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
  Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
  God's name is prohibited by the state.

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
  And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
  To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
  And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's "inappropriate" to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such "judgments" do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
  Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
  No word of God must reach this crowd.

It's scary here I must confess,
  When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
  Should I be shot; My soul please take!


If you aren't ashamed to do this,
please pass this on.
Jesus said,
" If you are ashamed of me,"
I will be ashamed of you before my Father."


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