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In 1981, Bell had just moved to Little Axe and enrolled her children in the local public school system. At that time, school officials were allowing a teacher-sponsored student group called the Son Shine Club to gather before school to pray.

Though the fundamentalist Baptist meetings were supposedly voluntary, the school buses dropped students off 30 minutes before classes started. Those who were not attending the religious meetings had to wait outside the building, sometimes in the rain or cold...

One student told a reporter with the National Catholic Reporter in 1984, “If you wanted to be warm, you prayed.”

Bell, who was very active in the Church of the Nazarene, wanted to be able to teach her children about their own religion. But her kids began questioning their beliefs based on what they heard at school. When they came home with Bibles, Bell and another parent, Lucille McCord (a member of the Church of Christ), decided it was time to take it up with the school board.

The two women were met with hostility. Bell recalled that board members told her “they did things the way they wanted to. If I didn’t like it, that was my problem.” Those at the meeting chanted “atheists, go home!” and one school board member handed out homemade placards to the crowd that said “Commies Go Home.”

That was just the start. After contacting the ACLU and filing a lawsuit, Bell and McCord became the subjects of hatred and even violence. Bell’s house was burned down by a firebomb. McCord’s 12-year-old son’s prize goats were slashed and mutilated with a knife. Bell was assaulted by a school cafeteria worker who smashed her head repeatedly against a car door. (School authorities praised the cafeteria worker, and she was forced to pay a $10 fine and Bell’s hospital bills, community residents raised donations on the assailant’s behalf.) McCord and Bell were both mailed their own obituaries.

Oklahoma Baptists, Americans United 62 Comments [11/29/2008 12:14:03 AM]
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Submitted By: Damned at Random
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Where's that Christian love pic again???

11/29/2008 12:17:35 AM

Mortok

Fuck. Thats just...fuck.

11/29/2008 12:20:39 AM

a mind far far away

For those who think christians aren't intolerant terrorists, here's the proof.

11/29/2008 12:21:32 AM

Saika

WTF. I can't say anything more, just WTF.

11/29/2008 12:23:03 AM



no way should shit like this go down, damn right that town needed it's ass sued

11/29/2008 12:25:14 AM

C_V


and you jesus-humpers wonder why we loathe you.

11/29/2008 12:27:38 AM

colonel catastrophe

What good, moral christians those townspeople were for fighting against the oppressive regime of an atheist mother and her children.

11/29/2008 12:31:29 AM

SWGM

Oh my God, that's terrifying. Those poor women. I'm so glad that they won their case so all their fear and suffering wasn't for nothing.

11/29/2008 12:37:42 AM

doomie 22

I can't believe all they did was sue. If it had been me I'd have sentenced the whole fucked up town to life in prison. And they think they're the ones being persecuted.

11/29/2008 12:40:07 AM

Thinking Allowed

The two women were christians themselves. I also have to wonder...Poe?

11/29/2008 12:48:34 AM

Old Viking

According to fundies, this is living by God's word.

11/29/2008 12:58:14 AM

WMDKitty

This is *exactly* why violent religions ought to be outlawed!

11/29/2008 1:03:28 AM

Horsefeathers

Ah, fundy Christian love. Nothing quite like it. Well, except for fundy Muslim love I suppose.

11/29/2008 1:07:48 AM

Seigi no Mikata

Bell’s house was burned down by a firebomb. McCord’s 12-year-old son’s prize goats were slashed and mutilated with a knife. Bell was assaulted by a school cafeteria worker who smashed her head repeatedly against a car door. (School authorities praised the cafeteria worker, and she was forced to pay a $10 fine and Bell’s hospital bills, community residents raised donations on the assailant’s behalf.) McCord and Bell were both mailed their own obituaries.

Christianity - RELIGION OF PEACE

11/29/2008 1:15:16 AM

Grigadil

1 sniper + n baptist preachers + n bullets = SUCCESS!

11/29/2008 1:24:51 AM

kingoftheheavies

Can't think of any single place that I would rather not live in more that Oklahoma.

11/29/2008 1:56:23 AM

Lucilius

Brawl over whose Jebus is bigger! This almost tops the regular all-priest wrestling bouts in the Church of the Nativity.

11/29/2008 2:15:40 AM

Illuminatalie

Fundie Riots. Yes Lucilius, that's the first thing I thought of, a bunch of priests in Jerusalem beating each other with their brooms as is their wont.

11/29/2008 2:18:11 AM

J. Random Lurker

Well, if this is what is meant by "Christian Love," then I want nothing to do with it.

Methinks the townsfolk are rabidly insane...

11/29/2008 2:22:30 AM

MichaelL

This doesn't make any sense. Bell and McCord were Christians as well, so why would they be outraged that their kids came home with Bibles? So now we have Christians beating the hell out of other Christians?? WTF?

11/29/2008 2:24:08 AM

The Lazy One

And people doubt that Christian terrorists exist?

11/29/2008 2:40:54 AM

G Zimmer

Holy flying fuck.

"But not everyone could learn the same lesson. While all this was going on, then-Superintendent Paul Pettigrew told the National Catholic Reporter, “The only people who have been hurt by this thing are the Bells and McCords. The school goes on. They chose to create their own hell on earth.”

Feel that Christian love...*shudder*

11/29/2008 3:04:39 AM

Darwin's Lil' Girl

@WMDKitty -- You'd have a job showing me a truly peaceful religion in the world. I think it's why fundamental religion should be outlawed.

11/29/2008 3:11:32 AM

Kayu

Feel that Christian love people, its definitely in the air.

11/29/2008 3:15:50 AM

Stardrake

Darwin's Lil' Girl--It DID happen to Christians. Bell and McCord were just the wrong kind of Christians. Your hardline Fundie hates anyone not in their specific group...

11/29/2008 3:19:49 AM
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