by Al Benson Jr.
Within the past day or so, I read an article from http://www.foxnews.com which proves, once again, how anti-Christian the public school system and its minions really are. Over the past several years I have seen so many of these that I have to wonder how long it is going to take Christian people to realize what goes on in public school classrooms. I have come to the conclusion that many, if not most, never will. As I have said before, to admit there is a problem with public education in this country would be to admit that you need to do something about your youngster’s education other than continuing to put his or her soul in danger by re-enrolling them in public school. And sadly, whether they even realize it or not, most Christians today just don’t want that responsibility. So they continue to make excuses for the “educational” system that is destroying their kids and they verbally shoot the messengers that bring them word of the destruction. If you can just continue to do that then you can kid yourself that you don’t have to do anything else.
In this particular instance, the Fox News article I referred to above was written by Todd Stames and it involved a six-year old girl. According to Mr. Stames: “The incident occurred December 19 inside a first grade classroom at Helen Hunt-Jackson Elementary School in Temecula, California. The previous day the teacher instructed boys and girls to find something at home that represented a family Christmas tradition. They were supposed to bring the item to school and share the item in a classroom presentation. Brynn Williams decided to bring the Star of Bethlehem that adorned the top of her family’s Christmas tree.”
Brynn said, in her presentation, “Our Christmas tradition is to put a star on top of our tree. The star is named the Star of Bethlehem. The three kings followed the star to the baby Jesus, the Savior of the world.”
That last statement was enough to rattle her teacher’s cage. The teacher said “Stop right there! Go take your seat.” The youngster was not allowed to finish her presentation in which she would have recited the Bible verse, John 3:16. She was the only one in the whole class that was not allowed to finish her recitation After the girl sat down the “teacher” took the time and trouble to explain to the whole class that the girl just wasn’t allowed to say anything about the Bible or share anything from it. What does that statement say to this youngster about her family’s Christmas tradition?
Thinking she had done something wrong and might be in trouble, she told her mother, who then met with the school principal the next day. The principal wanted to hear Brynn’s presentation and when she gave it the principal agreed with the teacher that had stopped her from finishing. The mother was told, flat out, that this was to protect other students from being “offended” by the girl’s presentation. There’s that famous “O” word again! You can bet if the youngster had recited something having to do with Kwanza there would have been no attempt at stopping it, rather it would have been encouraged and applauded. You don’t dare let Christians “offend” anyone else, but it’s perfectly okay to offend Christians and no one is supposed to say anything about it. That’s part of the “education” process in many public schools.
Mom was not completely satisfied with this and so she contacted a group called Advocates for Faith and Freedom and the general counsel for that group, Robert Tyler, sent a letter to the school demanding that they apologize to Brynn and that they reverse their policy that limited religious liberty. Will that happen? In your dreams! The school released a statement that said the School District respects all students’ rights under the Constitution and they take seriously any allegation of discrimination, but they can’t comment on this just now because it would be “inappropriate.” What about the discrimination against this six-year old Christian youngster? Being the only one in the class not allowed to give her presentation was clearly discrimination. I may seem cynical. Decades of watching this sort of thing happen in public schools has contributed slightly to that cynicism. Forgive me if I don’t believe that the school district, and most other school districts in the country, care two hoots about discrimination against Christian students–that’s part of their agenda.
Lest you think this was an isolated case, last October this same school district had another problem over religious liberty issues. A seventh grade student was publicly ridiculed by a teacher for reading the Bible. The students had been assigned to read a non-fiction book, but the teacher told the student, in front of the class, that the Bible was fiction and she refused to give him credit for the assignment. You think discrimination against Christian kids and what the believe isn’t part of their official policy? Don’t kid yourself.
Mr. Stames finished his article by stating: “What happened inside that classroom is nothing short of un-American. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of my tax dollars being used to pay the salaries of public school teachers who humiliate and bully Christian boys and girls.” Mr. Stames, with all due respect, and I do respect you for writing this article, get used to it. This is part of what public education is all about. Education really has little to do with it–humanist indoctrination has everything to do with it. I am not saying that all public school teachers are evil people, though some are, but the good teachers are employed by an anti-Christian school system whether they realize it or not. I have several friends that are ex-public school teachers that will attest to that fact.
It’s no fun for any youngster to be made fun of and ridiculed by teachers and/or students. I have had some personal experience there and it was no fun. And why any Christian family that has the ability to do otherwise is willing to subject their kids to that atmosphere is simply beyond me. My first advice, especially to Christians, has always been, and continues to be, get your kids OUT of the public school system. There have been enough books published over the past 20-30 years explaining what the public school system is really all about, that this information is available to anyone who is willing to read a little. Believe me, most of it is not fun reading but it is entirely necessary for your kids’ spiritual health that you be aware of what goes on in these institutions of “learning.” A mass Christian exodus from public schools should be the order of the day.
A final thought–if these school systems are so afraid that kids will hear about the Bible or about Jesus Christ that they have to discriminate against Christian kids, I wonder if the real truth is that they are afraid of Christian truth. They don’t want it and they labor to make sure none of the kids in their classes hears any of it. The public education system, from the federal level on down, hates Christianity and I think they are afraid of it. Oh, they’d never admit such publicly but I think, at root, that’s what the real situation is.