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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Stop being so accepting...and I mean it

Turns out our schools are poisoning our children.

No. It's not the food. It's the teachings of accepting the differences in others that is doing it. I mean, seriously, what were we thinking?

Last night, while at a school board meeting, I listened as a speaker lambasted the school district for teaching...of all things...tolerance.

I tried wholeheartedly not to roll my eyes while she mocked their diversity mission statement, while she said things like "When we stopped forcing people to believe like our founding fathers we took morality out of our schools."

Let's be serious. No one knows for sure what the founding fathers believed. We do know that the likelihood they were all devote Christians is not high. More probably, they were a mixture of deists, Christians, and possibly even atheist.

They fled from organized religion and as a group decided not to establish religious requirements under the constitution. It is true that they recognized a “Creator” or “Nature’s God” but they did so without ascribing to one particular religion.

They also believed that women had no rights and were appalled by the suggestion that they might one day own property.

They also believed that whites were superior to blacks. Of the first five presidents four of them were slave owners. It is reported that George Washington owned more than 200 slaves.

I, personally, don't want my kids to believe like that.

Acceptance and tolerance should be taught not only at school but also at home.

Respecting the beliefs of others, while still holding firmly to your own beliefs, would make the world a better place.

I have friends who do not believe in God.

I have friends who are gay.

I have friends who are black.

I have friends who have far different religious beliefs than my own.

They have never mocked me for my beliefs, my skin color, or my gender and I would never mock them for their beliefs, skin color or gender.

It is a sad state of affairs when a religious nut protesting under the guise of Christianity can proclaim publicly that our schools, by teaching our children tolerance and acceptance, are poisoning our children.

That's simply absurd.

6 random thoughts:

becca said...

i agree with this 100 percent you are so right we can be respectful and tolerant of others without losing our self or our beliefs. Just because we don't think alike doesn't mean we can't love and respect one another.

~Wendy said...

Are there questions about tolerance on the PSSA's? If not, this lady has no worries... there isn't much time to teach tolerance when we have all that PSSA prep... egads.

Kristie Maynard said...

Oh brother! Some people will just never get it will they? And someone actually said that out loud eh? Hope everyone else was rolling their eyes like you were.

Monkey Man said...

It's so sad...one crazy "christian" makes all others look bad. I am a christian, my best friend is black, my brother is gay...I have friends who don't believe what i do and vice versa...what ever happened to loving others as you want to be loved.

Once again my friend, you have shown a light on a subject that needed it. Bravo :)

Mitchell is Moving said...

Ignorance never ceases to amaze me. And that she could be SO ignorant as to actually say it out loud at a public meeting. I believe she is what is known as an ass-hat. And I normally wouldn't be so unkind, but this particular ass-hat doesn't want me to be tolerant anyway.

Jenny Girl said...

These are the kinds of people who scare me. Doesn't Christianity teach that we are not to judge, since we will be judged. That's God's job right? And I am a recovering catholic to boot!

Tolerance and acceptance people.

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