ĎLiberty And Justice For Allí
(Scene happens just
outside a school classroom door. If there is an easy way to show a classroom
separate from the hallway, this can be shown. Otherwise, the first few voices should
be said offstage.)
(Greg enters then
Veronica, then Martha Jones)
WHOLE CLASS: ...one
nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Tony:† Excuse me Mrs. Jones, what does indivin-sible
MRS. JONES: Indivisible
means not able to be broken apart or separated or divided.
GREG: †† Mrs. Jones, may I please step just outside
the classroom door to put up a notice on the student activities
MRS. JONES: Make it fast, class is about to begin.
CLASSROOM, APPEARING ONSTAGE)
VERONICA:†† Hi Greg, whatís up?
GREG:††† (shyly) Oh, hi,
Veronica, just puttiní up a new notice on the board.
VERONICA:†† Whatís it about? Huh? (Pause)
Bible study? You canít put that sort of thing up there?
GREG: Why not?
VERONICA:†† Itís not right! Youíre kind of pushing your
views and opinions onto other people.
GREG:† You mean my lifestyle?
VERONICA: Yeah, why
it just isnít...
GREG: Veronica, what
about this one here?
VERONICA: The Harry
GREG: Yeah! Wouldnít you
call that a lifestyle?
VERONICA: Yeah but
GREG: What about this
one? Gay issues and ideas?
VERONICA: Well, I
donít care about that...
GREG: Arenít they
telling about their lifestyle?
VERONICA: Well, I
guess they are.
GREG: Veronica, today
weíre gonna talk about George Washington in our bible study. Did you know he
once said, ďDonít let anyone call himself a true American Patriarch if he tries
to separate religion from politics.Ē?
VERONICA: Really? I
didnít know that.
GREG: Itís the truth.
(From classroom in
Poncho: But why are
we supposed to say, ďOne nation under God...Ē in school?
isnít the Bible just a bunch of old ideas and stuff that doesnít really matter
anymore to people of this day and age?
GREG: Veronica, did you
know that it says in the bible that anyone who believes in Jesus and does what
He says will have everlasting life?
GREG: And in Proverbs it
says you can have the understanding of God.
GREG: Now what about
freedom of the press, Veronica? Isnít that a right we all believe in? (Pause)
So you see, my poster has just as much right to be there as the others.
You know Veronica; there
are many people out there who really want to take away our freedoms.
VERONICA: Kind of like
the Christmas tree not being allowed on the town property?
GREG: Exactly! And the
Christmas tree is really just a pagan symbol. It really has nothing to do with
VERONICA: Where does
your bible study meet?
GREG: In room 301 right after school.
MRS. JONES: (enters) Whatís going on out here?
And whatís this? (Pause) Bible Study?†† (Tears it off the board and crumples it) Get back in class.
GREG: Yes Mrs. Jones. (Exits)
VERONICA: Hello Mrs.
MRS. JONES: Hi
Veronica. You need to run along now to your own classroom.
VERONICA: Iím on my
way. (Stops) You know Mrs.
Jones... I think our nation is falling apart
bit by bit.
MRS. JONES: Now why
would you say that, Veronica?
VERONICA: ďLiberty and justice for
all...Ē (She exits)
(Mrs. Jones turns
toward the audience momentarily then (exits)