Friday, February 23, 2007

Christian Controversy: Oils Not Well in Brooksville

Believe me, as a part-time substitute teacher, I've been there. It seems that, on a particular Friday at Brooksville (Florida) Elementary School, the students had been unusually unruly, so "four or five" Christian staff members decided to take matters into their own hands. Before they left that weekend, the teachers, led by Brooksville's principal Mary LeDoux (pictured), had a short prayer meeting—and then proceeded to anoint each student's desk with holy oil.

Although the deed was done after school hours, the residue remained on many desks the following Monday.

"We thought it was vandalism!" said the shocked Chris Becker, a fourth grade teacher at the school. "It was greasy! It was . . . oily!" Of course, for Becker this was only the beginning. Learning it was prayer oil, Mr. Becker became "very offended . . . because I am not a Christian!" In fact, so offended was non-Christian Chris that he resigned his fourth grade job, and has since taken a position at another school where hopefully there are many more sensitive secularists like himself.

There is no news (yet) on whether Mr. Becker is suing Brooksville Elementary or Principal LeDoux, but he did help get the ACLU involved. The (so-called) American Civil Liberties Union ruled that the use of prayer oil (as well as on-site prayer meetings, even those held after school) "effectively imposed their beliefs" on its other members. LeDoux, despite saying she and her Christian cohorts did nothing wrong, agreed to drop the prayer oil approach and hold all subsequent prayer sessions off campus so that the ACLU would leave them alone.

While I can sympathize with LeDoux and her do-gooders, I have to say that part of the problem with this group of Protestants is that because they do not possess the full truth of the Catholic Church, they lack some basic product knowledge as well. A crash course in Sacramentals 101 would show them that holy oil (or prayer oil as their Protestant version is called) is used to anoint people on special occasions, while holy water, although it can also be used to bless humans for everyday needs, is always the preferred choice for inanimate objects like homes and schools. Not only is it less of a mess, but barring DNA evidence, the ACLU would have a devil of a time tracing a Friday blessing by the following Monday morning.

1 comment :

JimAroo said...

There is also the case of the child punished at a public school for wearing a Jesus costume on Halloween:
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/16757500.htm

Is it illegal for public school officials to have common sense?

It seems so.

By the way, we have to have a word of farewell to Gizmo and and our greeter. Go Irish! Love Our Lady!