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Letter: Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame

Richard Tomlins writes a letter to the editor in regards to the School Committee's 5-2 vote to not appeal the prayer banner verdict last week. He states it was "the most uneducated vote in my career."

Wednesday evening at the Cranston East Auditorium we witnessed  the most uneducated vote in my career. The” infamous” NAMLEY: Steven Bloom (Ward 1), Stephanie Culhane (Ward 2), Paula Mc Farland (Ward 3), Janice Ruggieri (Ward 4) Andrea Iannazzi (Ward6) are the culprits.
 
They all claim to be “educators”: what they told all current and future students is that they are oblivious to our history as the United States of America, right up to today!  If they had studied the issue for what it was they might have turned an ear to what was the right vote. AS I tried to point out as others,  their vote was about ignoring the true invasion of our liberties by the ACLU, Atheists everywhere, and left leaning Liberals to the determent of what was established, long ago, by our forefathers!
 
But no, this five purposely turned a “blind eye “to the whole issue” of the National onslaught, against our Constitution and Bill of Rights.
 
As I tried to say Wednesday night, before I was shut off by the, what has become an impervious President, Ms. Iannazzi who has become so willing to show off her youth, lack of education on national issues, and to puffery.  Guess I must lump the other four.  They laughed when I stated that they were products of the 60s. Apparently they were never educated to what took place and what was the beginning of “anything goes, if it feels good do it” Most of all they said “ we are educated, we know it all. But they forgot to tell  the Nation that was just for now.  In other words the h--- with history , we don’t need it,. We have all the answers.
 
Well they just proved that they still don’t know history, that we don’t care what we were borne to be, my vote was the only thing that was important, even though it was “hollow.
 
Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame.
 
All this was is a great story about a 7th grader, as an art school class endeavor, to make an ‘Historical” document that would honor the first graduating class for Cranston West in perpetuity.
 
So what did four of the Committee pontificate about (mainly to hear them self [sic] talk) was how we are the great stewards of fiscal responsibility.  These are the same folks that voted for the Caroulo suit that spent $500,000 in legal fees (sounds to me that that figure for the continuation of the appeal would be cheap by comparison) But then I don’t know who OUR favorite lawyer was or if he was a donator).  For further the court ordered that the committee owed $6.1 million dollars to the city half of Cranston and, listen to this: they had to reduce the program to basic education. This meant that certain sports, music and honors program had to go into the dust bin.
 
Now how about that for guardians of dollars and the best education possible for all student that we are responsible for!?
 
Now juxtapose that brilliant exercise of responsibility with deciding that when the time came for a real opportunity for a lasting educational experience comes along we will punt!
 
Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame.
 
Then they have the nerve to berate the audience by  asking where were you when they required private money to cover their backsides to help with programs cut! Is that nerve or not? Personally I ignored their misguided action and donated $750. To sports and $500. To music. And I just donated $500. To the Basic music program.  Unlike most of them I walk the walk as well as talk the talk I know that if they excised a modicum of true leadership the public would have responded with donations to a legal fund. I talked to at least a dozen prominent citizens who pledge to donate , after the committee showed determination for educational reasons and did the responsible thing.
 
And can you imagine that if we set up a website asking for donations on a National and international bases we would have collected?
 
Woe, Woe, that would take leadership.
 
I must add that the fifth vote on the council. gave an analogy that I’m still trying to figure out and an intellectual excuse, which would require all of us, to be able to read the publicity prone atheist ‘s head.  My. My.
 
I will have a team shortly that will make the effort to make amends for this unworthy and uneducated decision ( I should also add cowardly)to first and foremost educate all students now and in the future here and as far as we can reach.
 
Anyone that would like to join to walk the walk are more than welcomed.
 
My God Bless this great nation and give us the determination and love of country to carry on the effort to right the ship that is slowly and surely trying to destroy our way of life!  For one family we are determined that a secular an socialist way of life  will not be our legacy for our children and grand children.  Come join us in this most worthy fight.

— Richard Tomlins
Cranston

Kate Katzberg February 23, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Professor Sweet, I suggest you reread my comments. I support the separation of church and state and testified to that last Thursday. I believe you are confusing me with the writer of the letter preceding my letter.
Maple Leaf February 23, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Shout much? Fact fail. The school sponsored the banner, hired a professional painter to create it, and hung it--thus becoming responsible for a biased religious display in a supposedly neutral setting. If you actually looked into the *facts* you'd find that the ACLU frequently defends people's freedom of religious expression. But schools must be neutral. Neither the people of Cranston nor the author of the banner count in this discussion--the Constitution does, and so do the many legal precedents that have defined how it i interpreted. Get a grip, read the banner, and start acting like a good sport, because you lost and rightly so.
Paul Auger February 23, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Just wanted to make sure people know there was a response posted to this letter http://cranston.patch.com/articles/letter-pro-appeal-side-operates-on-emotion-not-logic
Prof. Frederick Sweet February 23, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Sorry Ms. Katzberg, my comment should have been directed to Donna F Doyker. What concerns me is that Cranston grownups obsessed with imposing their religious sentiments on public school children obscure the real issue that is: religious sentiment does not trump the 1st Amendment establishment and separation clauses. Instead of recognizing the banner was illegal for more than 40 years, on its face, the community had to be dragged through an expensive litigation in court that they could never have won. Instead of facing the reality that public schools are no places for asserting religious prayers ... that's what parochial school, churches, synagogues, and mosques are for ... too many Cranston grownups sent their young people the message that defying the law is O.K. so long as you can shout loud enough: "God wills it!" [That's the kind of stuff that Osama bin Laden was made of.] Better Cranston grownups should teach their youngsters respect for our secular laws!
Prof. Frederick Sweet February 23, 2012 at 01:21 PM
It finally dawned on me. The Cranston prayer banner issue has NOTHING to do with atheists. Trying to discover the true Christian position on a publicly displayed prayer banner on a public school wall, I looked up Jesus' official policy on prayer ... wondering what position He would have taken at the Thursday evening meeting to "appeal the federal court's decision" for the Cranston High School West's prayer banner. Here's what Jesus had to say: “Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray while standing in synagogues and on street corners so that people can see them. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:5-6). Does anyone recognize this? BOTH Jesus on the mount and also the U.S. Federal Court citing the U.S. Constitution coincidentally share the SAME position. So then who exactly are all those Cranston people screaming to keep a prayer banner stuck up on a wall in a public school? They can't be Christians. If they were then they'd ... move the banner to their rooms, close their door, and pray to their Father in secret!

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