Friday, April 15, 2016

Jesus Trojan Lunch

By Jeff Simpson 

In Middleton, WI, a select group of parents have turned the local high school into a modern day City of Troy.  

Despite the seperation of church and state being the law of the land, since a January 1, 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson, addressed to the Danbury Baptist Association inConnecticut, and published in a Massachusetts newspaper. Jefferson wrote,
Jefferson was echoing the language of the founder of the first Baptist church in America, Roger Williams who had written in 1644 of "[A] hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the church and the wilderness of the world."Article Six of the United States Constitution also specifies that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."
Jefferson's metaphor of a wall of separation has been cited repeatedly by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Reynolds v. United States (1879) the Court wrote that Jefferson's comments "may be accepted almost as an authoritative declaration of the scope and effect of the [First] Amendment." In Everson v. Board of Education (1947), JusticeHugo Black wrote: "In the words of Thomas Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect a wall of separation between church and state."[2]
In the Middleton, WI school district just outside of Madison, WI, these parents have started baking brownies and bringing in food to entice young children to listen to their version of the Bible over the lunch hour.  
On one side is a group of Christian moms armed with Chick-fil-A sandwiches and 400 homemade brownies. On the other side are public school administrators who believe that Jesus and plump juicy chicken breasts are “divisive.”
The controversy surrounds an off-campus lunch event involving students at Middleton High School known as “Jesus Lunch.”  

The public park, across the street from the school is leased by the school district and the school correctly feels that these lunches should not be on campus and should stop immediately.

The school district leases the park during school hours, the email said, so policies that apply to the school campus extend to the park during that time. Those include rules about food safety and food preparation, food allergy procedures and visitor policies.
“We believe that religious or political events do not have a place in our school or on our campus, except when sponsored by a student group in accordance with our rules, which require prior approval,” the email said. “In addition, many students have conveyed to us their concern about a group offering free food to incentivize participation in a religious event on campus.”
Setting aside that it is creepy for a few parents to use brownies to lure kids into your trap, it is blatant illegal and goes against everything that we stand for in this country.  

This story has been getting some coverage locally and even nationally, but no one sees it for what it is.   There was a clue though that does(emphasis mine).

A statement from the organizers provided by parent Beth Williams asserted the group is legally allowed to hold the lunch at the park and said students aren’t required to participate in the religious message portion to partake in the food. “Fireman’s Park — a public park owned by the city of Middleton — remains accessible to everyone in the public for the purposes of assembly and free speech,” the statement said. “By law, the lease agreement between the city and the school district of Middleton does not privatize the park.”
Plank and Johnson said in the email to parents that the organizers have threatened legal action against the school district.
If you do not think that the dark money of Michael Grebe and the Bradley Foundation are not controlling every move of these "Christian" parents, just waiting for the School District to stop this so they can sue, then I have a Governor who cares about creating jobs to sell you.   
Here is what is planned.  They want these parents to be kicked off the school grounds so they can sue.  It will cost the Middleton Cross Plains School District tenss of thousands of dollars, to defend, while Mike G will send his gopher Rick Esenberg to defend these parents pro bono.   Esenberg will get shot down in all of the lower courts, but contnue appealing until he can get it in front of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. 
Then his cowaorkers on the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, will rule in his favor and open the floodgates for "Christianity" to take over our public schools.  
You heard it here first, watch and see how this plays out!  
"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. - Matthew 6:5. 


  1. Elementary schools in Middleton and Whitewater and perhaps other cities also have "Good News Clubs," which are after-school programs with an intent to evangelize, as promoted by the Child Evangelism Fellowship based in Brookfield. See . As public institutions, schools are obligated to rent their facilities at standard rates and terms to all comers without bias. The Jesus Lunch and Good News Clubs take advantage of nearness in place and time. How many families need after-school care? How many families appreciate not having to pack a lunch or pay for lunch? How many are willing to go along with the evangelizing in order to get the benefit? There are schools in the southern USA that offer Bible classes and religious instruction during the day in classrooms under the guise that they're renting space to outside preachers. Another way the evangelists slide into schools are presentations supposedly about values and character such as the Power Team events that I successfully blocked in five school districts in my area.

  2. No free choice for you, says John Foust.

    1. I am not sure you understand what "free" means. In America you can go to any church you want to attend. I know you dont get this concept either but you can also attend any school you want. No questions asked.

      It is however, for most of us who get it, illegal to mix the two. I am sure that if it gets to the Supreme Court of WI, illegal be dammed they will do what they are told but for the rest of us it is and should always be illegal.

  3. Did God ever tell Scott Walker how she punked him into running a spectacularly irresponsible bid for the White House, blowing through much more than $90,000 per day for just over 2 months?

    Even this figure, constantly thrown around the media, is dishonest and understands -- remember, Walker "paid" $1.4 million already and owes at least another $1.2 million.

    And none of this includes the hundreds of thousands stolen from Wisconsin taxpayers for family, entourage, and transportation.

    Scottie's a massive failure on the national stage, but is propped up by in-state propaganda by a dysfunction media echo chamber.

    If we are going to mix God and government, shouldn't these same people demand that Scottie explain his orders from the Lord to make a jack-ass out of himself across America?

  4. Well stated Jeff. If any other group was bribing school kids with free food to leave the building en masse, we would find that more than a little creepy.

    But put a cross in front of it, and somehow it's OK? I don't think so, and the fundies are clearly trying to play victim as part of this setup. Totally pathetic.

    You wanna talk Jesus and gather the kids? Do it after school hours.

  5. "Bribing school kids with free food." LOL! As if Middleton-Cross Plains students were starving Bangladeshis instead of prosperous suburbanites. The Constitution guarantees Freedom OF Religion, not freedom FROM ... These kids and parents are exercising that freedom on their own free time; it is not sponsored by the public school district. If school rules require a recognized student organization to do this (which is reasonable) that form the student organization. The school district looks petty.

    1. What part of "being enticed out of school by non-students" is confusing, WHAAAA-ska.

      If your wingnut welfare job won't let you admit this, just make the parents Muslims. It may make more eense to a troll like you and your scummy bosses

    2. plenty of demographic info on Middleton /Cross Plains if the waaaska wants to look it up

    3. "Enticed"of out school — by ... not ecstasy, not coke or meth but (wait for it!) noodle salad! Then to be subjected to Christianity! The HORROR!

  6. Not the point, Dave. No religion is allowed to do this, why should "Christians" (yes, the quotes are intentional) be allowed unfettered access. I for one would not want my children pestered by these nitwits.

    Keep your false belief away from my kids. Let them go to "Christian" schools. I'm sure those brainwashed kids could use being subjected some more.

    1. And you wonder why you people keep losing.

  7. Certainly not because of this. More about lack of organizational skills. Maybe, too...less sheep.

  8. The "Unknown" guy was me. Don't know why couldn't access my account then. Anyway Dave, you're also deluding yourself if you think we are losing elections because of a "Christian" backlash. Quite a large number of Christians don't agree with the stealth tactics of their evengelical brethren. And, you know as well as I that Republican success has been due more to wedge issues and better get-out-the-vote strategies than a coherent plan to actually govern.

  9. "Stealth"? What? They're posing as Buddhists only to spring a crucifix upon unsuspecting students? It's the lunch hour, there's food. Last Supper and all. Ever think that your contempt for individual choices has something to do with losing? Those kids eating lunch in the park and talking about Jesus aren't hurting you.

  10. The kids have no choice. I don't want someone I do not know addressing my children. "Hi sweetie ... would you like a sandwich and do you believe in Jesus?" It is creepy. Is that difficult for you?