“School Punishes Little Girl For Writing About God”
The actual God that religious people believe in. Had she written about her admiration for the State, that would be okay — and would be akin, in the minds of progressive educators, to expressing an admiration for God, only a more palatable one, the kind that promotes conformity and communism and whose angels wander the earth with bad haircuts wearing bureaucratic badges.
Remember this: liberal education policy maintains that Christians are evil. We must also remember that our system of miseducation enforces that position every day. We see it this time in Tennessee where a school has told a little girl that she isn’t allowed to write about God. Todd Starnes of Fox News Radio reports this latest outrage against freedom OF religion in our schools where we find little 10-year-old Erin Shead who was attacked by her teachers for writing about god for an assignment about someone she idolized at Lucy Elementary School in Millington, Tennessee. “I look up to God,” she wrote. “I love him and Jesus, and Jesus is His earthly son. I also love Jesus.”God would “always be the #1 person I look up to,” the little tyke wrote.
Little Erin’s teacher scolded the girl for having the temerity to use the “G” word and told her she must choose someone else to write about. Then the teacher told the little girl that she had to remove the offensive “God” paper from the school apparently because it is illegal to say “God” in American schools.The school has released a statement about this:
Shelby County Schools respects the moral and religious beliefs of all students and families. While teachers and staff are not permitted to promote religion in the classroom or the workplace, no laws or district policies allow teachers to limit students’ expression of personal religious beliefs. This was a regrettable misunderstanding, and we as educators can and must learn from it. The principal and teacher have had a positive and productive conversation with the family, and we are pleased this matter is being addressed at the school level. The district will not be discussing this matter further in the media.
Likely they only say this because they got caught. Otherwise it is oppression of religion as normal.
Leaving religion aside — it is under attack precisely because it competes with the secular power of the state for ultimate moral authority, which is to be expected (communism always seeks to extirpate its competition for social control) — what we are seeing here is part of larger trend I’ve been trying to highlight for years: the misunderstanding, fostered by leftist ideas about language, that “tolerance” means “not giving offense,” even as the aim not to give offense necessarily offends those who are chided for breaking that progressive commandment.
It is an inversion of the intended meaning of tolerance as it was understood by the Founders and Framers in the new Constitutional framework; just as “equality” has been corrupted by the left to mean equality of outcome, and “fairness” no longer means fairness but rather theft, oppression, and bigotry in the name of radical egalitarianism.
In a country where even putative “classical liberals” argue incoherently that a bakery should be compelled to bake a cake it doesn’t bake for anyone for a same sex couple — or else be run out business by political mobs, then “rehabilitated” by some state functionary for its failure to give someone the fruits of its labor against its will, and in contradiction to services generally provided — we shouldn’t be surprised at all by messages like this being passed on to our children.
If our property isn’t our own, why not go after our minds, next?