"Believe in God, or Get Your Shoulder Dislocated"
As a disclaimer, I have not investigated JoAnn's story in detail, and being a skeptic at heart I should investigate it in more detail. So if I find out she was full of shit, I'll retract this post.
Read JoAnn's account - you have to scroll down a bit to find it. Wow, what a shining example of Christian love - yikes!
One day JoAnn went to the school to pick up her children. She was attacked by a woman and suffered a concussion and a dislocated shoulder. The attack only stopped after the principal, who had been watching the entire time, finally said “ok, she’s had enough.” JoAnn pressed charges for the assault. The school held a fundraiser to pay her medical bills and also paid the fine for the woman who made the attack.
JoAnn's youngest son was five years old at the time. He was a small, quiet boy who was easy to pick on. Three months after the fire he was playing on the school playground during recess. The superintendent called the teacher inside and then (allegedly) pushed JoAnn’s five year old son off the swing. His arm was broken and his bone was sticking out yet the child was kept at school all day and his parents were never called.
The case received international attention. JoAnn received mail from all over the world. She would receive letters with no name, no city, no address – only addressed to “The Woman Who Took Prayer out of School in Oklahoma.”
I'm sure someone could find examples where religious folk were persecuted and abused for their beliefs. But man, I would hate to live in a community where their school was jamming Christianity down the throats of their students by having prayer meetings during school hours because "this is the way we’ve always done it here." That's awful.
* Posted at 10.02.2005 12:49:35 PM CST | Link *