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An Angry Anti-Christmas at School
Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2010 | Brent Bozell

Posted on 12/24/2010 5:44:58 AM PST by Kaslin

The metaphor "the War on Christmas" can be mocked -- as if Santa and his reindeer are dodging anti-aircraft fire. But many of our public schools have church-and-state sensitivity police with an alarming degree of Santaphobia. Anyone who's attended a school's "winter concert" in December with no traditional Christmas music -- not even "Frosty the Snowman" -- knows the drill. The vast Christian majority (that funds the public schools) is told that school is no place to celebrate one's religion, even in its most watered-down and secularized forms.

There are real-life stories of Scrooge-like school administrators, like the one at the appropriately named Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Va. A group of 10 boys calling themselves the Christmas Sweater Club were given detention and at least two hours of cleaning for tossing free 2-inch candy canes at students as they entered before classes started. They were "creating a disturbance." One of their mothers, Kathleen Flannery, told WUSA-TV that an administrator called her and explained, "(N)ot everyone wants Christmas cheer, that suicide rates are up over Christmas, and that they should keep their cheer to themselves, perhaps."

Of course, that level of sensitivity is not applied when it comes to slamming Christianity during the Christmas season. On Dec. 16, The Washington Post paid tribute to another suburban school in northern Virginia, McLean High School, for warming hearts during the season with "The Laramie Project." This play is a political assault, using transcripts of real-life interviews by gay activists out to blame America's religious people for the beating death of homosexual college student Matthew Shepard in 1998.

The Post championed how in the play, "there is a Baptist minister who says he hopes Shepard was thinking of his lifestyle as he was tied to the fence ... There is a young woman who grew up in the Muslim faith in Laramie and thinks the town and nation need to accept what the case has laid bare. 'We are like this,' she says."

This account actually underplayed what the character "lays bare" -- a guilt trip. In the script, she says "there are people trying to distance themselves from this crime. And we need to own this crime. Everyone needs to own it. We are like this. We ARE like this. WE are LIKE this." (Emphasis by the playwright, Moises Kaufman.)

That attack keeps coming. A Catholic priest insists the killers "must be our teachers. What did we as a society do to teach you that?" A character also reads an e-mail from a college student: "You and the straight people of Laramie and Wyoming are guilty of the beating of Matthew Shepard just as the Germans who looked the other way are guilty of the deaths of the Jews, the gypsies, and the homosexuals. You have taught your straight children to hate their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters -- until and unless you acknowledge that Matt Shepard's beating is not just a random occurrence, not just the work of a couple of random crazies, you have Matthew's blood on your hands."

This is vicious anti-Christian propaganda, plain and simple. Any teaching that homosexuality is a sin is an invitation to murder? These mudslinging culture warriors are celebrated as compassionate by administrators, while just down the road, the Christmas Sweater Club is given detention for spreading Christmas cheer.

The McLean High students putting on this play are candid. They are trying to walk people away from the Bible. "I hope that this changes some people's perspectives on gay rights and maybe opens their minds a little bit," proclaimed Lauren Stewart, 17, the student-director. "I think the way to progress on issues is to talk about them."

Another student added, "If one person comes into the theater and is on the fence about ... any discrimination and leaves questioning their beliefs, I think we've done this play justice."

Making people "have conversations" is presented as glorious. But it wouldn't be a constructive conversation if students were trying to convert people to Christianity -- only when you try to convert people away from it.

A little research shows plenty of "socially conscious" public high schools have staged this propaganda bombing, aiming to crush biblical "discrimination." But it takes a really special school administrator to let it be scheduled in the last two weeks before Christmas. It's amazing that at Battlefield High School, the accusation was that Christmas cheer invited suicides, but plays about murderous "hate crimes" that America has collectively committed by our "fear and ignorance of the Other" somehow should make our spirits bright.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: bozell; brentbozell; christophobia; education; hatecrime; laramie; laramieproject; leftuniverse; matthewshepard; waronchristmas; waronchristmas2010
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1 posted on 12/24/2010 5:45:00 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Paying property taxes to fund this crap is a violation of my first amendment rights. If schools want to treat families this way, then families should have an opt out provision.


2 posted on 12/24/2010 5:50:28 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Remember March 23, 1775. Remember March 23, 2010)
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To: Kaslin

I am afraid that I have to agree.

At my daughter’s “Winter Concert” there were few traditional Christmas Carols, certainly none that glorify the birth of Christ.

But I could not happen to feel a bit cynical when the chorus broke into song with “California Dreamin”

We aren’t allowed to sing of Christ, but a song written by a drug addict and incestuous pedophile is okeedokee.

Nevertheless, a very Merry Christmas to everyone!


3 posted on 12/24/2010 5:51:25 AM PST by turfmann
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To: Kaslin
"If one person comes into the theater and is on the fence about .

Now there's a really thoughtful young person

4 posted on 12/24/2010 5:54:16 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: Kaslin

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you!

It is reading stuff like this, now I KNOW WHY there is a GROWING BACKLASH against the war against Christmas, in the form of “flash choir mobs” and wearing buttons saying “it is okay to say Merry Christmas to me.”


5 posted on 12/24/2010 5:54:43 AM PST by Biggirl (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! GO UCONN!!!!:)=^..^=)
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To: turfmann

You have got to be joking. What does Christmas have to do the song California Dreaming?


6 posted on 12/24/2010 5:55:34 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: turfmann

Yet at malls around the country, been hearing flash choir mobs singing “Handels Messiah”, a very good sign that people are taking Christmas back.


7 posted on 12/24/2010 5:57:16 AM PST by Biggirl (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! GO UCONN!!!!:)=^..^=)
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To: turfmann

Our sons were in chorus at a public high school and the choral instructor said she slipped in a lot of Christian music throughout the year in Latin. Our younger son starting at age 8 was in a publicly funded children’s choir. At the beginning of the year, the instructor called a parents meeting and said that all the music that year would be religious because they were going to be participating at the end of the year in a huge gathering of children’s choruses from all over the midwest in Newton KS, big Mennonite area. No one objected. The music and the event were glorious. Almost a generation later and the trend continues. Sad that our children are being denied their heritage.


8 posted on 12/24/2010 5:57:50 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Kaslin

I thought it was revealed several years ago that the Matthew Shepard killing was not “gay bashing,” but a botched robbery attempt that turned into murder?


9 posted on 12/24/2010 5:58:23 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (A Jimmy Carter got us a Ronald Reagan......A Barack Obama will get us a Sarah Palin)
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To: Kaslin

The concert had a theme of ‘dreams’

Oh, and I live in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts - should pretty much explain everything.

Its OK though, we don’t sing schools songs in Church, either, and there’ll be plenty of music at the service tonight. ;)


10 posted on 12/24/2010 5:58:40 AM PST by turfmann
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To: Kaslin

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, parents and students who are upset by this should walk away from schools that diminish their faith and tell the administration why they are doing so.

Who would willingly send their kids to a school that mocks their children’s beliefs? You have to be crazy to do that.

The only thing liberal school administrators who foist this garbage on their students understand is $$$$.

Do you think Muslims would put up with this?


11 posted on 12/24/2010 5:59:30 AM PST by goldi (')
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To: Kaslin

Kaslin, take confort, people are taking Christmas back. Noticed the flash choir mobs at malls singing Chritmas music as well as “Handel’s Messiah” and the wearing of those you can say Merry Christmas to me and put Christ back into Christmas.


12 posted on 12/24/2010 5:59:33 AM PST by Biggirl (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! GO UCONN!!!!:)=^..^=)
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To: turfmann

I read these kind of stories every Christmas and feel so sad for y’all. I’m truly blessed where we live-our public school Christmas program featured secular AND holy carols. The big finish was an a capella by the entire elementary of “Silent Night”, the audience was asked to join in...we all did. It was beautiful.
And

not

one

person

complained!

Our elementary school knows it’s community and doesn’t kowtow to PC much (and we’re small enough to get away with it!). Thank God!


13 posted on 12/24/2010 6:01:25 AM PST by ozark hilljilly (Had enough, yet?)
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To: Kaslin
The vast Christian majority

Sorry to say, that's just false.

Anybody who believes in a "vast Christian majority" cannot possibly comprehend events.

John 16:1-12 will explain it.

14 posted on 12/24/2010 6:03:44 AM PST by Jim Noble (It's the tyranny, stupid!)
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To: Kaslin

Should Christian parents be sending their children to schools where Jesus is forbidden? Should Christians be paying to support schools where Humanism is the only religion allowed...except for Islam, which demands prayer areas for their children and gets them?

“Choose you this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15


15 posted on 12/24/2010 6:06:17 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Kaslin
Maybe next the socially-aware students of Mclean HS (home to a large international community, many of the highest paid govt officials and and the private contractors who cream millions from the govt) will make a play based on “The Stoning of Soraya M”

Then again, maybe not

16 posted on 12/24/2010 6:07:33 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: Mercat
Our sons were in chorus at a public high school and the choral instructor said she slipped in a lot of Christian music throughout the year in Latin.

Did this choral director think she was being oh so clever? So?...What lesson did this Christian choral director teach?

Answer: Christians are sneaky and too timid to proclaim the faith in plain and easily understood English.

It is time for Christian teachers to re-evaluate what they are **really** teaching the students by being a faculty member of a government school whose worldview is utterly godless.

17 posted on 12/24/2010 6:08:45 AM PST by wintertime (Re: Obama, Rush Limbaugh said, "He was born here." ( So? Where's the proof?))
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To: EQAndyBuzz

We can wring our hands or we can do something about it! And if enough people did it, it would make a difference.

Tell your child, sorry honey but you will not be participating in the Wintertime chorus because this is Christmas time not just Wintertime. And then explain to them. Teach them to stand up for their rights and what their rights are! It is NEVER too young to start teaching your kids what you believe is morally right and wrong! Even if it means you don’t participate! Imagine the Celebration if all those who thought it wrong did not show up!


18 posted on 12/24/2010 6:10:19 AM PST by panthermom
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To: goldi

You can also make sure you TEACH your kids to challenge these teachers and stand up for themselves and their beliefs!


19 posted on 12/24/2010 6:12:49 AM PST by panthermom
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To: Kaslin

I hope that this changes some people’s perspectives on gay rights and maybe opens their minds a little bit,” proclaimed Lauren Stewart, 17,

“Gay Rights” Nonsense. You have the rights afforded All citizens under the Constitution. What you get beyond that is a special right that you really are not entitlted to.
You embrace a perversion and then demand that people not only accept it but issue you special rights because of your choice? To that I say horse shit.....


20 posted on 12/24/2010 6:13:19 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA
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To: Kaslin

War on Christmas?
Bring it on.
When people wish me happy holidays I wish then a Merry Christmas.
When people ask what I am doing to celebrate Christmas I reply “Well celebrating the birth of the Savior, what esle would I be doing”?
I am a Christian, But have never been very good with the turn the other cheek directions.


21 posted on 12/24/2010 6:16:38 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA
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To: Mercat

Sad, indeed.

When I was in high school, the choir would enter the auditorium from the back, single file, singing “Come to the Manger”, and the concert would close with the Hanel’s Hallelujah Chorus (full orchestra & chorus with me on tuba), replete with a detailed explanation of why everyone in the hall should rise when it is performed.


22 posted on 12/24/2010 6:16:38 AM PST by turfmann
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation
I thought it was revealed several years ago that the Matthew Shepard killing was not “gay bashing,” but a botched robbery attempt that turned into murder?

You don't expect a little thing like facts to get in the way of the gay agenda,do you?

23 posted on 12/24/2010 6:19:50 AM PST by massmike (DADT repeal: the Boy Scouts now have tougher membership requirements than the Army!)
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To: panthermom

I would take it a step further and have an alternative play and chorus in front of the school.

When they call the police to throw people off of school grounds, have that attorney and video camera handy.


24 posted on 12/24/2010 6:20:28 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Remember March 23, 1775. Remember March 23, 2010)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

ABC News did the story using the case investigators and the perps from prison telling the real story of why they robbed and murdered Shepherd.

It was broadcast on a Thanksgiving night on “20/20.”

Shepherd’s death is taking on the mythological proportions that Storm Trooper Horst Wessel’s death did in Nazi Germany.

Here’s a kicker for you. When the play was performed at the high school that my alma mater here in PA the creeps from Westboro Baptist Church showed up to create a scene outside the performance.


25 posted on 12/24/2010 6:27:16 AM PST by Nextrush (Slocialist Republicans and Socialist Democrats need to go)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Yes, too many people just lay down for these stupid policies. They do it because they are afraid their kids will be missing out. Well sometimes it is good to miss out and stand up for yourself!


26 posted on 12/24/2010 6:29:18 AM PST by panthermom
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To: Kaslin
It should be pointed out over and over that the anti-Christmas crowd is trying to do is exactly what Hitler tried to do.
27 posted on 12/24/2010 6:34:04 AM PST by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: Kaslin
...you have Matthew's blood on your hands.

Nope, don't think so.

I looked.

My hands have no blood on them.

Don't see the Christmas connection there, but...who knows nowadays.

The ability to connect the death of a homosexual with the attempted death of Christmas is an art that rests only with deranged liberal idiots.

Go to hell, obama.

28 posted on 12/24/2010 6:39:00 AM PST by OldSmaj (I am an avowed enemy of islam and Obama is a damned fool and traitor. Questions?)
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To: Kaslin
This is vicious anti-Christian propaganda, plain and simple. Any teaching that homosexuality is a sin is an invitation to murder?

If teaching that something was a sin caused people to go out and kill the people who commit that sin, the streets would be littered with the corpses of thieves, fornicators and blasphemers.

It shows how easily people are led these days that the libs show us these guys...

...and people believe that they were running to the radio to hear Focus on the Family every day.

It shows how easily people are led that we have two drug-addled punks who told their girlfriends they were going to rob a gay kid from a rich family and burglarize his house, and there's a whole play of people saying they murdered him because he made a pass at them.

29 posted on 12/24/2010 6:45:18 AM PST by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: EQAndyBuzz

> Paying property taxes to fund this crap is a violation of
> my first amendment rights.

“To compel a man to furnish moneys for the propagation of ideas which he abhors is tyranny and a great sin.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

Get your children *OUT* of the government school system as soon as possible. Children are its food, and the Beast must be starved.

The government school is best characterized as the Bus Ministry of the Church of Secular Humanism.

The school district is better understood by its Marxian name, the School Collective.

Why participate in this experiment in Communism?

Make whatever sacrifices you must to get your children OUT of there!


30 posted on 12/24/2010 6:45:18 AM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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Everyone is a Nazi who murdered Jews and Matthew Shepard, be miserable this solstice season and remember to support killing babies. Praise Mother Gaia.


31 posted on 12/24/2010 6:45:34 AM PST by Hayride
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To: Kaslin

Even as the “twisted” try with all their attempts to designify Christmas, they still acknowledge Him in their celebration of a “HOLY” day (holiday) and haven’t the good sense to realize it.

It’s ALL about Christ who is Jesus.


32 posted on 12/24/2010 6:46:36 AM PST by azhenfud (The government is not best which secures life and property-there is a more valuable thing-manhood.)
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To: Kaslin

But I would bet that nearly every ‘Winter Concert’ has a Kwanzaa song in it. My son’s ‘Winter Concert’ 10 years ago did have Christmas songs but included sings about the made up ‘holiday’ of Kwanzaa. We were shocked then.


33 posted on 12/24/2010 6:50:26 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Kaslin

But I would bet that nearly every ‘Winter Concert’ has a Kwanzaa song in it. My son’s ‘Winter Concert’ 10 years ago did have Christmas songs but included songs about the made up ‘holiday’ of Kwanzaa. We were shocked then.


34 posted on 12/24/2010 6:50:44 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Biggirl

I rang bells for the Salvation Army this week, as I do every year. My bell-ringing partner, a vivacious young woman, would greet people with “Happy Holidays” and a smile as they walked by our kettle. We were both heartened to see how many people responded ‘Merry Christmas’ back to us, and then donated into the kettle.

There are still decent people left in this world. Merry Christmas to you and yours.


35 posted on 12/24/2010 6:53:24 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("I'd rather lose fighting for the right cause than win fighting for the wrong cause." - Jim DeMint)
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To: Kaslin

Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem, Oakridge Boys LINK

Oh Holy Night, Kate Smith LINK

36 posted on 12/24/2010 7:24:15 AM PST by GailA (NO JESUS, NO CHRISTmas!)
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To: Kaslin
Get some parents together and force the hand of the school authority's.. "get arrested".. "do it anyway".. "with a group big enough what are they gonna do".. TpCaucus the school board, the PTA, Have a group of say 100 (or so) stop by to chatt with the Principle(or whoever) daily..

Make a nuisance of themselves and invite local newspapers.. take You Tube video and publish it there... Generally make "doing this" a big pain in the ass to the school authority's.. AND.... de-fund the school system politically..

Course you might need a strong TpCaucus locally..
Have Tp meetings to make plans.. Elect local people say the police and fire department that are Tp comparable..

Basically "git mad" and take this crap NO MORE... organize and "git even" with "interest"....

37 posted on 12/24/2010 7:24:52 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: goldi

Absolutley. The way to fight this kind of propagandizing in our schools is to pull our kids out of public schools. It’s all tied to funding. Hopefully we can kill off the state indoctrination centers that way.


38 posted on 12/24/2010 7:27:26 AM PST by cld51860
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

You don’t want facts to get in the way of “enlightenemnt” do you?


39 posted on 12/24/2010 7:42:39 AM PST by anoldafvet (Bread lines or Assembly lines, your vote, your choice)
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To: Kaslin

At my son’s high school, a kid was scolded and threatened to be sent to the office for handing out candy canes to his friends. CANDY CANES?!! The teacher said they were used to celebrate a religious holiday and banned. The irony of this story: the child handing them out is Jewish. He purchased them for his friends as a treat. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Just a thought.


40 posted on 12/24/2010 7:46:37 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Kaslin

Who the heck do these Christians think they are? They’re trying to force their religion down our throats, so, we
must force our atheism down THEIR throats in public places.

/sarcasm/


41 posted on 12/24/2010 8:01:36 AM PST by ripley
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

You are correct. It was revealed at trial. One of the guys tried the “gay rage” temporary insanity defense, but eventually he switched to “We were robbing him and it got out of hand.” But we don’t have to believe the scumbags...their girlfriends turned states evidence and testified that the murderers had planned in advance to rob “a gay kid in town” because he was “from a rich family” and the plan was to take his money and keys and then go clean out his house.


42 posted on 12/24/2010 8:02:50 AM PST by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

“I thought it was revealed several years ago that the Matthew Shepard killing was not “gay bashing,” but a botched robbery attempt that turned into murder?”

You’re correct, but it was “an inconvenient truth”. He is a fabricated martyr for the cause.


43 posted on 12/24/2010 8:06:39 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: goldi

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, parents and students who are upset by this should walk away from schools that diminish their faith and tell the administration why they are doing so. Who would willingly send their kids to a school that mocks their children’s beliefs?”

People who can’t afford $5K private school tuition on top of $7K public school tax annually. For many people to do that (especially here in NJ), parents would have to work so much they’d never see their children. Homeschooling is an option easily discussed for younger children, but as they grow older this becomes more impractical (unless both parents are PhDs).


44 posted on 12/24/2010 8:09:37 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: Westbrook

“Get your children *OUT* of the government school system as soon as possible. Children are its food, and the Beast must be starved.”

Any public school district running out of “food” quickly found thousands of illegal children to fill the seats; now the American taxpayers get to foot the bill for them (and their free breakfast & lunch at school) as well. Does anyone have any stories of a public school closing for lack of children? Seriously, anyone?


45 posted on 12/24/2010 8:12:33 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: Mercat
...the choral instructor said she slipped in a lot of Christian music...

Nice, but we shouldn't have to "slip in" Christian music. We shouldn't have to be "sneaky" and "clever."

I was watching an old episode of "Leave it to Beaver," where the Beave was in his grammar school's Christmas play. There it was, on a network television program, a depiction of public school kids playing shepherds and Mary and Joseph, etc., and singing songs about Jesus! It struck me that that would NEVER happen today, and I realize how much things have changed just in my lifetime. And we have all just taken it. We've all meekly accepted it.

46 posted on 12/24/2010 8:29:26 AM PST by Nea Wood (Silly liberal . . . paychecks are for workers!)
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To: kearnyirish2

How many high school teachers in public school systems have PhDs? Heck, how many private school teachers have their PhD? Since the answer is “almost none,” how are these people managing to teach 30 kids the stuff you say my wife and I can’t teach one kid?

The very idea that it takes an advanced degree to teach or facilitate the learning of stuff you’ve already mastered in detail is just absurd, and that characterization was said to me by a high school principal friend of mine who has a masters of English and Ed and an honorary doctorate.


47 posted on 12/24/2010 8:54:09 AM PST by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: kearnyirish2; Westbrook
Any public school district running out of “food” quickly found thousands of illegal children to fill the seats; now the American taxpayers get to foot the bill for them (and their free breakfast & lunch at school) as well. Does anyone have any stories of a public school closing for lack of children? Seriously, anyone?

"Let's stay aboard the Titanic, dear. Those lifeboats leaving the ship aren't doing anything to slow the rate of sinking."

48 posted on 12/24/2010 8:57:13 AM PST by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: kearnyirish2
People who can’t afford $5K private school tuition on top of $7K public school tax annually. For many people to do that (especially here in NJ), parents would have to work so much they’d never see their children. Homeschooling is an option easily discussed for younger children, but as they grow older this becomes more impractical (unless both parents are PhDs).

The solution is a tax writeoff for parents who use private schools. Unions will hate it, but it will help immensely.

49 posted on 12/24/2010 9:02:41 AM PST by Hacksaw (“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy” — H.L. Mencken)
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To: gusopol3
Another student added, "If one person comes into the theater and is on the fence about ...

I am shocked and appalled that this student should be so unfeeling and insensitive as to use this metaphor.

50 posted on 12/24/2010 9:03:19 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce - Karl Marx)
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