When a Taunton, Massachusetts teacher asked her students to draw a picture that reminds them of Christmas, one student sketched Jesus dying on the cross. More Easter than Christmas, sure, but more Christmas than Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Reindeer, or the Island of Misfit Toys. The teacher didn't see it that way, and ordered the child to undergo a psychological evaluation. They used to make shoes in Taunton. Now they make idiots. As blogger/talker/columnist Michael Graham put it, "There are definitely some folks in the Taunton school system who need a mental evaluation. But the boy who drew Jesus isn't one of them."
The liberals who have infiltrated the public school systems have gone from benign moderates to screaming way left ideologues that will stop at nothing to push the agenda.
Traditional religion is to be replaced by the new religion of the left - environ"mental"ism - and their push to eradicate especially Christian orthodoxy could not be clearer.
I canít help believe that if the kid was drawing pictures of planes flying into buildings or was a member of one of the new coveted religions, nothing would have been made of this.
A public school event like this happening in the Mecca of the Blue States should not surprise but it's going on all over.
But things will be fine when Oís "Safe Schools" czar, Kevin Jennings gets up to speed and indoctrinates our spawn with more dangerous practices through the illustrious PS systems.
The only thing that most of us normal folks who are forced to send our kids to government schools can do is to remain ever vigilant and informed about what is going on there.
LOL at being "forced to send our kids to government schools"! Would you rather taxpayer funds went to private for-profit schools? Perhaps taxpayer funds subsidizing madrassahs and synagogues?
How graphic was the picture of Jesus on the cross? If a kid is consumed with violent fantasies of people hanging from crosses with nine-inch nails impaling wrists and ankles, crowns of thorns smashing into skulls, spears lodging in ribcages, and people dying of asphyxiation, then yeah, I'd be worried about the little dude's mental health, too.
You guys are acting like stimulus-response organisms without knowing the facts or context.
"Libuhrls me no like."
By the way, if conservatives heard Jesus speaking in contemporary America they'd call him a Marxist and Glenn Beck would call him a "fascist".
Imagine if conservatives were to listen to Eisenhower's Cross of Iron speech. They'd be thrown into conniptions and call the WWII general a communist.
You're such a judgemental bigot, I thought that was the exlusive domain of the Christian Conservatives?
What would be better would 100% control over education within the states, with NO federal involvment. If that were the case, I wouldn't give a damn what Mass. does with its kids, I'd only care about my State. Return these issues to the people, and let them live how they choose. The only reason I care is because I'm paying for this crap.
I am 'forced' to send my kids to school by government edict. Furthermore, I'm 'forced' to pay for those government schools via a confiscatory tax code whether my kids attend those schools or not. And to compound the problem, I am 'forced' through my own concerns to monitor what they are teaching in those schools because the public education system in this country has been hijacked by agenda driven lefists on a recruiting drive using curriculum that may or may not be consistent with my values.
Is this difficult to understand?
"Would you rather taxpayer funds went to private for-profit schools?"
I would rather no taxpayer funds go to any school.
Unbelievers have been trying to put Jesus out of society for over 2,000 years and they have failed miserably. They concoct all sorts of erroneous teaching and thought that goes contrary to the Historic Christian Faith yet the Christian Faith continues to grow.
No doubt that this eight-year old has had some teaching on the faith. He probably knows about the birth of the King of Kings, Lord of Lords but he realizes that the redemption story is crowned by His death and resurrection. Christians in this country still believe this and should be allowed to express it and not be castigated by intolerant, narrow people who only believe in this world. They are afraid of His Power to confront them.
The picture drawn of Jesus was a stick-figure with x-es over his eyes to signify that he was dead. Apparently the boy is also a "special needs" student as well.
Now, I am not a religious person by any means (I'm a reformed Catholic) and I think this is crazy. This is as ridiculous as no more dodge-ball, no grading papers in red ink, or the extinction of peanut-butter in our public schools.
I live in Florida, and a friend's son learned all about Hanukkah in his public school class....wonder why there was no "outrage" there?!?
Don't you realize that that guy Timothy McVeigh was a Christian- Well I guess he really wasn't(he was a militiaman with an evil desire to seek revenge who didn't go by the teachings of Christ-but he was probably motivated by Christians?) but he was white and he did a bad thing and killed lots of folks so HE WAS A CHRISTIAN!--Don't you realize Adolf Hitler was a Christian (well he was an occultist who took all the believing clergy and imprisoned them and put in his own proxy government loving group-hey that sounds familiar!) but he was a white guy who killed a lot of folks so HE WAS A CHRISTIAN!---Don't you realize Mao and Stalin and Pol Pot and Castro were not Christians? Wait a minute-they killed a bunch of folks- it must at least be because of Christ and Christianity- shouldn't it? --- How about ANYBODY who does anything bad- I mean even the Islamist Jihadists I mean they do it BECAUSE of Christians I mean it couldn't be because of the enlightened Mohammed? I mean the way they look at women and treat them-,come on its got to be because of Christians in the west that they do what they do. I mean the teachings of Jesus and Mohammed when you put them side by side I mean you gotta see how Jesus wants us to do all the bad stuff right??? So I say stop this kid before he reeks havoc on his school and or neighborhood or city or the world. We gotta stop those evil Christians! I mean they could do anything!!!
Mark, I wonder if one could add Eric Richard Rudolph to your list of non Christians who play them on TV (or at least on television news). He confessed after his capture, "I really prefer Nietzsche to the Bible."
People love to site all of the dastardly things that have gone on in history and recently because of religion and in particular Christian religions (Heaven forbid we mention the Religion of Peace, the true perpetrator of murder now and in the last quarter of the 20th century).
But what about all of the misery and murder caused by those who choose no religion. Hmmmmmm??
Letís just leave it at the real fact that itís People and not any particular religious belief that causes murder and mayhem.
I once drew a picture of old fezziwig around Christmas time and the teacher said I am to easily influenced by alcohol.