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Teacher Throws Away 6-Year-Old's Christmas Gift, Tells Him 'Jesus Is Not Allowed in School'
Christian Post ^ | 01/07/2014 | Katherine Webber

Posted on 01/07/2014 1:51:42 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Parents are threatening legal action against a Southern California school district after their six-year-old son was told he could not pass out candy canes with religious messages taped to them because "Jesus is not allowed in school."

Isaiah Martinez, a six-year-old student at Merced Elementary School in West Covina, Calif., arrived to school on Dec. 13, planning to pass out candy canes with religious messages to his fellow students in celebration of the upcoming Christmas season. After the boy's teacher consulted with the school principal, he reportedly told the student that he could not pass out the religious messages because "Jesus is not allowed in school." The boy was still allowed to pass out the candy canes, but the teacher reportedly threw the religious-themed messages in the trash.

The messages, which were written on tiny slips of paper and attached to each candy cane, told of the legend of the candy cane and how it was created. The messages said that each detail of the peppermint-flavored candy is meant to represent the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ. Martinez had reportedly learned of the candy cane legend from his sister, who helped him create the messages and attach them to each holiday candy.

"I pray that this symbol will again be used to witness to the Wonder of Jesus and His Great Love that came down at Christmas and remains the ultimate and dominant force in the universe today," the message included with each candy cane reportedly read.

The Martinez family is now being represented by Robert Tyler, general counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom, a nonprofit group that seeks to protect religious liberty. Tyler said in a recent letter to the West Covina Unified School District that Isaiah's family demands a written apology, as well as the implementation of a school policy that protects students from experiencing "hostility" from school staff regarding religious affiliation. The proposed policy would also require teachers and other school officials to be trained on the First Amendment rights of their students at least once a year. If the school district does not respond by Jan. 13, Advocates for Faith and Freedom will be forced to take legal action, the letter concludes.

"The pendulum has swung so far in the opposite direction that public schools are becoming a place of hostility toward Christian and other religiously-based worldviews," Tyler said in a news release discussing Martinez's case. "It's time to push the pendulum back in the right direction where kids can experience true tolerance without religiously motivated hostility from their teachers and school officials."

Tyler added in the statement that his nonprofit group has received a surge of phone calls from parents across the country who say their students are victims of religious bullying, not by fellow students but rather by teachers and school officials.

After his parents addressed the incident with the school, Martinez was reportedly allowed to hand out the candy canes, equipped with the religious messages, days later outside of school property.

Superintendent Debra Kaplan said in a statement that the district is still in the process of investigating Martinez's claims.

"The District's overriding concern was and is to honor and respect the beliefs of all students in matters of religion. To that end, the District strives to maintain neutrality in matters of religion, and to observe students' rights of expression, in a manner that does not conflict with the rights of other students," Kaplan said. "During the holiday season, and particularly when young elementary students are involved, this can require difficult balancing."

Kaplan added that the issue is still being investigated, and the district will respond to Tyler's letter "in a manner consistent with our policies and the rights of all students of the district."

A similar incident took place in 2003, when a school principal in the Plano Independent School District in Texas prevented a third-grade student from passing out candy-cane shaped pens including a similar message detailing how the origins on the candy cane symbolize the life of Jesus Christ. Parents filed a lawsuit against the school district for violating the boy's First Amendment rights to religious freedom, and the case is still winding its way through courts.

In another recent case, a 10-year-old student at Lucy Elementary School near Nashville, Tenn. was forced to throw out her school assignment after she described God as her idol. The teacher reportedly told her she could not write about God in school, and made her take her assignment off school property. The girl's second choice of Michael Jackson as an idol was approved by the teacher. The Shelby School District has since apologized for the incident, saying the teacher and school officials had been confused about how to handle the situation.


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1 posted on 01/07/2014 1:51:42 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

6-year-old Isaiah Martinez's Christmas gift to fellow students included a candy cane and note describing how the Christmas candy represents the life of Jesus.
2 posted on 01/07/2014 1:52:24 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

sad and pathetic. But5 it’s public school after all.


3 posted on 01/07/2014 1:53:34 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: SeekAndFind
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4 posted on 01/07/2014 1:54:18 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll bet that same school would go out of their way to welcome Allah and his murderous minions.


5 posted on 01/07/2014 1:54:34 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I agree with the school. You can’t pass out theological messages at public school. I would not want my child to receive one of those, as you wouldn’t want your child to receive a message from his Jewish classmate saying that the New Testament is not one of the Holy Books, etc.


6 posted on 01/07/2014 1:55:24 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s not as if the first graders were going to be able to read the attachment, anyway.


7 posted on 01/07/2014 1:55:25 PM PST by Tax-chick (The superpowers ascribed to "feminists" make me wish I was one.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I bet the little guy was so happy to give that to his classmates and this neo-marxist scum up and destroyed his gift. Makes me so mad just thinking about it.


8 posted on 01/07/2014 1:55:36 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: SeekAndFind
Pop culture notwithstanding, the First Amendment very explicitly states that Government shall not interfere with the Free Exercise of Religion. We've turned just about every Amendment on its head, sadly.

We owe some HUGE apologies to the giants who gave us our Constitution and our centuries of success and Freedom.

9 posted on 01/07/2014 1:57:15 PM PST by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: SeekAndFind

Since Jesus Himself was a teacher, I imagine He would have a small, sad chuckle at the irony of this.


10 posted on 01/07/2014 1:58:10 PM PST by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: SeekAndFind

Whatever happened to separation of church and state? The State doesn’t have the right to prohibit this boy’s free speech and religious rights and the ability to demonstrate them. Maybe his parents should lawyer up with an organization like Pacific Justice Institute or the ACLJ.


11 posted on 01/07/2014 1:59:39 PM PST by 444Flyer (How long O LORD?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Whoops! Just read:

“...The Martinez family is now being represented by Robert Tyler, general counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom, a nonprofit group that seeks to protect religious liberty...”

Unfortunately, we have to start fighting back legally like the Left has been doing for years. A lot of ground to take back!


12 posted on 01/07/2014 2:02:59 PM PST by 444Flyer (How long O LORD?)
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To: Yaelle

RE: you wouldn’t want your child to receive a message from his Jewish classmate saying that the New Testament is not one of the Holy Books

I don’t think the comparison is the same.

The child is making a POSITIVE case for Jesus, not a NEGATIVE case against any religion.

If a Jew or Buddhist were to pass a message to my child ( and I am a Christian ) telling her the POSITIVE case for their religion, why should I take offense?


13 posted on 01/07/2014 2:03:37 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Take a box of Korans to school and try to pass them out and see what happens...


14 posted on 01/07/2014 2:09:19 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Yaelle
...you wouldn’t want your child to receive a message from his Jewish classmate saying that the New Testament is not one of the Holy Books, etc.

Nonsense. It is not responsible to censor personal religious expression. I want my child to recognize that there are people who believe differently than her. I also want her to be a strong advocate for her beliefs.

15 posted on 01/07/2014 2:14:12 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Parents are threatening legal action against a Southern California school district after their six-year-old son was told he could not pass out candy canes with religious messages taped to them because “Jesus is not allowed in school.”

Silly teacher.. You can not keep Jesus out of the school or anywhere else. Can you keep oxygen out? Thought out? We carry Jesus in our hearts. He is in your classroom every day..


16 posted on 01/07/2014 2:20:33 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: Yaelle
I don't think ANYone in America, prior to .. saayyy ... 1940 .. 45 ... ever questioned or rejected ANYthing about Christmas for ANY reason.

Jews have always rejected Jesus as Messiah and Christians always knew it and NO ONE ever got too upset about it.

PC came into being sometime in the '60's and it got completely out of control.

Now that some people understand the tactics of the enemy, their desire to cut off the head of the serpent is met with threats of prosecution.

Until THAT attitude and power is eliminated, we'd better accept the progressive destruction of God's precious gift to the world.

17 posted on 01/07/2014 2:25:40 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Yaelle

I wouldn’t send mine to public school, if I had any.


18 posted on 01/07/2014 2:28:58 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: 444Flyer
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...." and Article VI specifies that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." The modern concept of a wholly secular government is sometimes credited to the writings of English philosopher John Locke, but the phrase "separation of church and state" in this context is generally traced to a January 1, 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson, addressed to the Danbury Baptist Association in Connecticut, and published in a Massachusetts newspaper.

The phrase therefor does not exist in our Constitution. Anywhere. Just saying.

19 posted on 01/07/2014 2:30:29 PM PST by SkyDancer ("How Can People Ask Forgiveness If They Won't Forgive Others?")
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To: Yaelle

as you wouldn’t want your child to receive a message from his Jewish classmate saying that the New Testament is not one of the Holy Books, etc.

Why? If done out of love then my child could accept the gift for what it was. Would not change their relationship with Jesus.


20 posted on 01/07/2014 2:31:21 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: Mr. K

“Take a box of Korans to school...”

My kid brought a box of Korans to school and was told the “flesh” colored ones were racist!

Oh, wait.


21 posted on 01/07/2014 2:35:18 PM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Mr. K
They would be afraid NOT to hand out the Koran.

There is real spiritual battle being waged in this generation and its getting fiercer. The Devils time gets shorter every day.

22 posted on 01/07/2014 2:36:39 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take? (guillotines?))
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To: 12th_Monkey
(I agree with 0.7777777777777778 of your tagline. Here's how: "In an alternate universe, Obama dips snuff.)"
23 posted on 01/07/2014 2:37:05 PM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: Yaelle

I don’t agree. I think its part of sharing what is important to the person not an attack on what someone else believes. If necessary it can give a teacher opportunities to celebrate the diversity of beliefs and how important beliefs are in some people’s lives so that tolerance is encouraged.


24 posted on 01/07/2014 2:38:57 PM PST by JayGalt
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To: SeekAndFind

How come the minor child is named but not the adult (I presume) public school teacher?


25 posted on 01/07/2014 2:46:51 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: SkyDancer

Very true, and many forget that it came about because the Church of England made everyone in the Colonies before the Revolution tithe to them, no matter what church one actually attended.


26 posted on 01/07/2014 2:46:53 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Mamzelle

FoxNews:
The teacher, identified by the AFF as Valerie Lu, then consulted with the supervising principal who instructed her to prevent Isaiah from distributing the candy canes.


27 posted on 01/07/2014 2:52:41 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

First grade page. Ms. Lu’s page on the school site is very sparse.

http://mc-wcusd-ca.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1232963694337


28 posted on 01/07/2014 2:55:09 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Attorneys say when Martinez brought the candy canes to class, Lu took possession of them and after conferring with school principal Gordon Pfitzer, told Martinez that “Jesus is not allowed in school.”
Lu, at the apparent direction of Pfitzer, then ripped the candy cane message from each candy cane, threw them in the trash and returned the candy canes back to Martinez for delivery to his classmates, according to attorneys.
Martinez’s sister, Alexandra Cantu, told CBS2’s Jeff Nguyen that her younger brother merely wanted to give the candy to his classmates.
“He was like, ‘Yeah, but my teacher took the letters off and threw them in the trash. And I had to give it to them without the letters,’” Cantu said.

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/01/06/attorney-teacher-told-student-jesus-is-not-allowed-in-school/


29 posted on 01/07/2014 2:57:07 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: SeekAndFind

The parents of the six year old are stupid. I would be FURIOUS if some non Catholic gave my kid some kind of wording. Can you imagine your child getting a candy cane with some Muslim crap on it. Think People!!!!!!! Of course that is why I DEMANDED that my kids go to Catholic School from Kindergarten through 12th grade. They can chose the college they want but under my roof Catholic School all the way.


30 posted on 01/07/2014 3:06:32 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: napscoordinator

RE: . Can you imagine your child getting a candy cane with some Muslim crap on it.

If it’s a message that simply tells my child why Islam is a good religion, why would I take offense?

My family is not so religiously insecure that I can’t take a message from someone in another religion and not learn to EVALUATE it.

If I disagree with what a Muslim says about his religion, I can TEACH MY CHILD ( Yes, because it is my responsibility ) and tell him why I believe it is incorrect.

Besides, there is nothing in the constitution that says you cannot share what you believe in with others.

Christians can share their faith with others, so can Jews, so can Buddhists, so can Muslims.

THAT IS A FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT.

And if one takes offense, tough luck, there is nothing in the constitution that guarantees that a message will not be offensive.


31 posted on 01/07/2014 3:16:22 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: 12th_Monkey
I bet the little guy was so happy to give that to his classmates

Tho I'm not religious, and y'all can call me sentimental, that was my first thought too .. poor little guy must've been so confused/disappointed   d:^(

32 posted on 01/07/2014 3:20:53 PM PST by tomkat
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To: SeekAndFind

My family is not so religiously insecure that I can’t take a message from someone in another religion and not learn to EVALUATE it.

Your post is exactly what the liberals I know say. Exact wording. Stunning. I don’t give a flip about my children learning other fake religions. Another thing, you claim the poor peaceful Muslims will just provide positive wording that praises their horrid religion. I am very disappointed in your post and you are normally exceptional.


33 posted on 01/07/2014 3:45:27 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: All

The First Amendment:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

This action WAS prohibiting free exercise...
The amendment says Congress is NOT allowed to MAKE a law stopping this expression....


34 posted on 01/07/2014 3:59:38 PM PST by JW1949
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s not merely mean, it’s cruel.


35 posted on 01/07/2014 4:09:59 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: SeekAndFind

“public schools are becoming a place of hostility toward Christian and other religiously-based worldviews”

No. Just Christians. Everyone else can go nuts.


36 posted on 01/07/2014 4:15:47 PM PST by servo1969
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To: napscoordinator

RE: Your post is exactly what the liberals I know say. Exact wording. Stunning.

Agreement with a liberal one ONE issue does not make one a liberal.

Look Hitler believes the sun rises in the east, I do too, what follows? I am a Nazi?

Is this the stunning logic you want to follow now?

RE: you claim the poor peaceful Muslims will just provide positive wording that praises their horrid religion. I am very disappointed in your post and you are normally exceptional.

I gather you must live in some place in the USA with NO MUSLIMS.

well, I have news for you pal, I live and work in places where there really are peaceful Muslims.

And no, I am not blind to the fact that there are violent Muslims out there and that the Koran contains violent passages that many Muslims take literally.

But I am similarly not blind to the fact that there are over a billion muslims in this planet, from moderate places like Turkey, Indonesia and Malaysia to more extremist places in the Mideast.

I don’t tar and feather every Muslim I see as extremists and jihadists. I take them on an individual basis.

And oh yeah, as a Christian, I am more than capable to show them where their religion is wrong and to teach my kids the same.

If you have the truth on your side, what are you afraid of?


37 posted on 01/07/2014 4:54:57 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
I wouldn't mind the Muslims if they didn't force their ways on society. If you look at the Scandinavian countries, England and France, they go to a particular country from one they escape and want the folks in the country to live the way of Muslim life. That is what I mean by Horrid Religion.
38 posted on 01/07/2014 6:00:37 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: righttackle44

and in the other he is a female impersonator in Vegas


39 posted on 01/07/2014 6:32:56 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: tomkat

same here. How could an adult who is trained do something like that to crush this little fella. Teacher and admin needs to be horse whipped


40 posted on 01/07/2014 6:35:02 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: SkyDancer

“...The phrase therefor does not exist in our Constitution. Anywhere. Just saying.”

Absolutely. Just throwing their own terminology back at them.;p The Progressives love to quote that. But if you put it correctly, it should be separation of the state from church/personal religious belief. In other words, the state has no right to interfere in our freedom to express our deeply held religious beliefs.


41 posted on 01/07/2014 6:50:20 PM PST by 444Flyer (How long O LORD?)
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To: SeekAndFind

If a Jew or Buddhist were to pass a message to my child ( and I am a Christian ) telling her the POSITIVE case for their religion, why should I take offense?


I wrote in haste; you are correct that I should have made my example a positive thing about Jewish theology.

But I do not believe anything that smacks of proselytizing kids of other religions would truly appeal to their Christian parents. I think you are just saying that. I am find with adults trying to convert me to what they love so much, but I am sorry — I do NOT want them reaching out to my child. I don’t think you do, either.


42 posted on 01/07/2014 7:46:18 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Louis Foxwell

I agree that I also want my children to be a positive example and strong in their own faith, but I’d prefer it discussed with a neutral (for the sake of the discussion) adult in charge, and an open discussion of how different families believe.

Not a theological message from one family re their religion. I think some of you are not realizing how you might react for real. Imagine your child has a darling little friend, Achmed, and one day your child gets a present with a “come to know the joys of Islam, and her prophet Mohammed” message. Might you not think, well, that would be fine if the family were over for an event and the child gave your child this gift, but maybe not right in a public school?


43 posted on 01/07/2014 7:54:14 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle

RE: But I do not believe anything that smacks of proselytizing kids of other religions would truly appeal to their Christian parents.

I am probably one of the exceptions. I LOVE discussing religion. And I don’t mind people trying to share their faith with me ( heck, if I can do it, who am I to stop someone from doing the same ? If I enjoy this right in America, why would I not want the same right for someone else?).

So, no, I don’t mind someone talking to me or my child about his/her religion at all.

I have spoken to Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Buddhists and Muslims, regarding their faith. The more I understand what they believe, the more it STRENGTHENS and CONVINCES me that they can’t be the truth.

As for my children, I believe that teaching them to THINK CRITICALLY is one of the best gifts a parent can impart to them — whether it is about religion, politics or morality.


44 posted on 01/07/2014 7:56:55 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: knarf; darkangel82; SECURE AMERICA; JayGalt

If you all feel it’s fine, for any child of any faith to deliver such a message, then you really are open minded about your children’s religious exposure. I wonder if that is really true, though.

I wonder if each of you, upon seeing a thread where a Christian parent was upset that her child received Eid gifts (are there such?) with messages about the joys of Islam in her public school, would scold that parent for being upset, because you welcomed loving, open religious gifts and messages at school. Or would you agree, that you send your child to school to learn math, reading, and history, not the love of Islam??? Be honest.


45 posted on 01/07/2014 8:01:48 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Mamzelle

I wondered the same thing.


46 posted on 01/07/2014 8:47:14 PM PST by crazycatlady
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To: Yaelle

Get over yourself. If we will ever be able to destroy the evil that surrounds us it will be with absolute open and fearless truth. WEe can not hide behind so called mediators who have no belief and little character. Our children must be able to deal with each other.
Yes, I want my child to be able to meet Achmed and deal with his lies and fraud. I trust the grounding in truth my child has received. I have open trust with my child and will give her the tools she needs to deal with the evil and deceit in the world.
I absolutely want my child to meet and know the beliefs of her playmates. What precisely are you afraid of? Have you taught your children well? You can not protect them from lies and liars. You can only protect them by giving them absolute truth and the willing passion to stand on firm ground.


47 posted on 01/07/2014 9:04:51 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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48 posted on 01/07/2014 9:07:07 PM PST by narses (... unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.)
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To: Yaelle
YOUR argument assumes islam a valid 'religion' when in fact it is no religion at all but a political coup against all that is decent and moral in the world.

Jesus can be proved (at lot more easily than mohammud) a valid religious figure in history.

To answer your question ... of course .. NO

But given the choice of;

would you like to hear a story about a real nice guy that did nothing but good and holy while on earth ... and a guy that did nothing but kill, rape and pillage while on earth ...

I'll take the good guy and campaign against the other guy.

And fight the one that promotes the bad guy ... or that defends the bad guys' right to be heard.

Let me know when you name your daughter Jezabel

49 posted on 01/08/2014 1:16:50 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: knarf

well said, and right on the point!!!!


50 posted on 01/08/2014 4:48:21 AM PST by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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