Originally posted by GoldenRuled
20 yrs ago, things were just the opposite. The beetles lost most of the country in fans because of 1 derogatory remark they made about Jesus. It is
just amazing how this country is going with the wisdom of DC guiding us whether we like it or not to a prosperity we already had. Bring on the
***Angela Hildenbrand faced the very real possibility of going to jail for her faith. The trouble began when a federal judge ruled that no one at her
Texas high school could pray or even use words like "prayer" or "amen" during the 2011 graduation ceremonies.
As class valedictorian, Hildenbrand felt God deserved the praise, even if it meant jail for her.***
edit on 29-9-2012 by GoldenRuled because: (no reason
Yes, times are changing. People are just getting more negative all around. I also think this case is ridiculous. The way I see it, if students want
to assert their beliefs, then they should be able to do so long as they're not disrupting the learning environment or bullying others.
God can't be taken out of anywhere or anything. We are all made in His image.
Tax dollars go to public schools. Teachers all have varying personal beliefs. Students have varying personal beliefs. Their parents have varying
personal beliefs. There are just a lot of people who hold many different views out there in the public.
However- how would you feel if I attempted to indoctrinate your child into Orthodox Christianity? I am a former public school teacher, so I had the
perfect forum to do that as recently as this past school year. Would you like it? I guarantee you and I have very different beliefs even though we
both call ourselves Christians (at least I'm assuming you do). I know I'd be madder than a hornet if someone tried to convert a child of mine to
anything else. I'd be all over that school.
My students were atheists, apathetic agnostics, pagans, Muslims (of different sects even), Jews, LDS, JW, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians (of many
various sects), and who knows what else. I have (once or twice) had a student come to me and ask me for religious advice. I always told them that I am
quite biased on that count and that anything I would tell them would be pro my beliefs and anti anything else- and then encourage them to speak to
their parents or guardians on that topic instead. I don't feel that it is my place to dispense such advice to my students without the knowledge of
their parents. Religion (other than comparative study for general and historical knowledge) is not the scope of what public schools offer and is- in
fact- something a child needs to learn about at home and the various religious institutions a child's family decides to attend.
If there is a loss of religious fervor in our nation- we ought not to blame the public schools. We ought to blame a lot of the general public for not
taking their professed religion seriously. Just saying.
edit on 29-9-2012 by LeSigh because: (no reason given)