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Teacher cries 'hate crime' over Bible left on desk
WND ^ | February 18, 2010 | Chelsea Schilling

Posted on 02/18/2010 2:50:26 AM PST by bogusname

An eighth-grade teacher has accused her students of committing a "hate crime" and being "cruel" because they left a Bible on her desk and a Christmas card with the word "Christ" underlined.

Melissa Hussain, an Apex, N.C., science teacher at West Lake Middle School, is suspended with pay and may lose her job after she purportedly clashed with students on the subject of religion and sent students to the school office when they asked about the role of God in creation during a lesson about evolution.

Hussain wrote on her then-public Facebook page that it was a "hate crime" when her students left a Bible on her desk, according to the Charlotte News & Observer. She complained about students singing "Jesus Loves Me" and wearing Jesus T-shirts.

Hussain said she "was able to shame her kids" over the incidents.

"I can't believe the cruelty and ignorance of people sometimes," Hussain wrote on the social networking site.

She said she wouldn't let the Bible incident "go unpunished."

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TOPICS: Current Events; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: bible; christian; christmas; facebook; hatecrime; hatecrimes; homeschoolingisgood; hussain; islam; muslim; publiceducation; publicschool; publicschools; school; socialmedia; socialnetworking
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1 posted on 02/18/2010 2:50:26 AM PST by bogusname
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To: bogusname

Free Speech is already a “hate crime” in Canada. And many people in the WH agree. So calling the bible a “hate crime” isn’t so far-fetched to these people.


2 posted on 02/18/2010 2:58:47 AM PST by samtheman
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To: samtheman

Context is important here. The students know she isn’t a big fan on the church’s teaching on evolution, so they are doing this with the specific intention of pissing her off.
Sounds like discipline is breaking down. Granted, probably brought this on herself for showing the pupils how angry it made her to hear about creationism, but the pupils need to be brought back into line for the sake of their own education and those of others...


3 posted on 02/18/2010 3:04:33 AM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

“Hate speech is non-speech.”

Orwell would be proud.


4 posted on 02/18/2010 3:16:14 AM PST by TigerBait
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan
Context is important here. The students know she isn’t a big fan on the church’s teaching on evolution, so they are doing this with the specific intention of pissing her off.

She is supposed to be the adult in this situation. She should have let it roll off her back. No reaction, no fun for the kids.

Furthermore, if the mere presence of a Bible or mere mention of Jesus Christ bothers her that much, she has serious problems.

5 posted on 02/18/2010 3:17:45 AM PST by alnick
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To: alnick

Eggs Actly. My first thought was that they have a kid teaching in a public school.


6 posted on 02/18/2010 3:26:10 AM PST by Mrs. P ("Wonder Woman wears Sarah Palin pajamas." - Blood of Tyrants)
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To: bogusname

Well, I think it’s a hate crime whenever I see a muzz on the train reading that little paperback filled with chickenscratch.


7 posted on 02/18/2010 3:28:34 AM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

As a science teacher, she should have been prepared that some students might ask something about how God fits in the evolution theory. It doesn’t need to be a direct answer to the question. In any case, she should not have been angry or offended.


8 posted on 02/18/2010 3:29:00 AM PST by paudio (Are you better off today than in 2006, when the Democrats took over the Congress?)
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To: alnick

As a teacher-— you hit the nail on the head! Once you cease to be the teacher & engage in childish back & forth you have lost the class for good.Sorry, but she’s the adult- it was her job to controle the situation, she did not, now she is ineffective.


9 posted on 02/18/2010 3:32:39 AM PST by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan
I could not disagree with you more. Context or not, any child in school is being indoctrinated with DOE approved crap. So if a child decides that there needs to be some balance to this teachers religion (the religion of false science), so what!

As far as this being a hate crime, litigation is the last resort of a weak mind, and no enduring/redeeming character traits. gee it sucks to be her.

10 posted on 02/18/2010 3:35:07 AM PST by SERE_DOC (My Rice Krispies told me to stay home & clean my weapons! How does one clean a phase 4 plasma rifle)
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To: ought-six

Well see now that’s different. Those chicken scratches are Allah’s orders to kill us. :-)


11 posted on 02/18/2010 3:37:44 AM PST by bogusname (Banish All Liberals)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan
but the pupils need to be brought back into line for the sake of their own education and those of others.

authority should be respected when it is proper authority. Her authority is not proper and having children ridicule it is fine with me. As Americans we are finding out that too much authority over us is not fair minded and proper authority, but mean, petty, self serving authority. We need to ridicule that authority and demand proper authorities.

12 posted on 02/18/2010 3:39:49 AM PST by BRL
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To: BRL
Also, it seems Ms. Hussain (sounds Amish) is just plain nuts:

She complained about students singing "Jesus Loves Me" and wearing Jesus T-shirts.

Hussain said she "was able to shame her kids" over the incidents.

She may be suffering from Garafolitis, or Rosiodonnalism

13 posted on 02/18/2010 3:46:37 AM PST by Never on my watch (NEA - Tenure or death)
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To: SERE_DOC

Yeah, calling it a ‘Hate Crime’ is ridiculous I agree, but lets get real here, they didn’t put a Bible on her desk because they wanted to share the love of Christ and his teachings with her, they are doing it because they want to piss her off....


14 posted on 02/18/2010 3:55:40 AM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: bogusname

She’s an evolutionist. Behaving with common decency and morals doesn’t matter to them; she has the power, therefore she should win, this is the message of Darwinism.


15 posted on 02/18/2010 4:02:59 AM PST by IntolerantOfTreason (The AMERICAN President should be an AMERICAN, NOT an AFRICAN-American)
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To: bogusname

there ya go agin’..flashing a crucifix at old Nick....definitely a hate crime.


16 posted on 02/18/2010 4:04:29 AM PST by mo
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

“but the pupils need to be brought back into line for the sake of their own education”
How is it education when the school curriculum is feeding them one-sided atheist dogma?


17 posted on 02/18/2010 4:06:37 AM PST by IntolerantOfTreason (The AMERICAN President should be an AMERICAN, NOT an AFRICAN-American)
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To: bogusname

I take it that Melissa Hussain, is another peace loving TOLERANT Muslin now polluting minds of kids. FIRE HER. Better yet, DEPORT her. Send HER a message.


18 posted on 02/18/2010 4:15:24 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: bogusname
While order in the class room is important, the teacher over reacted.

If it had been a Christian teacher and a gay kid, the teacher would have had to sit there and take it.

Good for the kids though, in refusing to be indoctrinated.

19 posted on 02/18/2010 4:22:38 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: bogusname
When King Jesus returns to this Earth exactly as His Word states, this excuse for a teacher can take her problems right to His Throne, as her knees bow, and her tongue confesses that "Jesus Christ IS Lord!"
20 posted on 02/18/2010 4:27:57 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan
Yeah, calling it a ‘Hate Crime’ is ridiculous I agree, but lets get real here, they didn’t put a Bible on her desk because they wanted to share the love of Christ and his teachings with her, they are doing it because they want to piss her off....

Unless you possess some sort of unique Jedi powers that enables you to read the minds of those school kids, your assertion is nothing but speculation on your part.
21 posted on 02/18/2010 4:29:09 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: nmh
It could be that she is the fat ugly white woman who married a Muslim from Morocco. Hence her last name.
22 posted on 02/18/2010 4:37:27 AM PST by Roger_Wildcat
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Pissing people off is what got Him killed. It got Peter stoned. It got Paul and Silas thrown in prison. I wonder how you know what their motives were?


23 posted on 02/18/2010 4:42:37 AM PST by naturalized
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

So what if they did? It’s a display of Christianity in a Christian nation, so entirely legitimate. If she doesn’t like this, she’s welcome to go back to whatever mudslime hellhole she came from.


24 posted on 02/18/2010 4:43:09 AM PST by IntolerantOfTreason (The AMERICAN President should be an AMERICAN, NOT an AFRICAN-American)
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To: naturalized

Not Peter, Stephen. Must . . . find . . . more . . .DDP.


25 posted on 02/18/2010 4:43:54 AM PST by naturalized
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To: mkjessup

That is what will happen, no ifs ands or buts about it.


26 posted on 02/18/2010 4:46:07 AM PST by bogusname (Banish All Liberals)
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To: mkjessup

They also left here a Christmas card with the word ‘Christ’ underlined. I wonder why the might have done that? Of course, its purely speculation, but I would suggest they were doing it to annoy her....


27 posted on 02/18/2010 5:08:56 AM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: bogusname

She sounds mentally unstable.


28 posted on 02/18/2010 5:09:47 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

“Granted, probably brought this on herself for showing the pupils how angry it made her to hear about creationism,...”

In all likelyhood it made her angry enough to attack their beliefs from her position as “Teacher”; so she gets their sense of the matter right back at her. Good for these kids and keep it up. She’s the adult here if control was lost SHE lost it.


29 posted on 02/18/2010 5:18:57 AM PST by TalBlack
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

If she doesn’t believe Jesus is who He is claimed to be, then it wouldn’t bother her, let alone be considered ‘hateful’.

The teacher has merely manifest to her students that she has known in her heart He is God, but has refused to believe or place faith in it and has rejected Him.

The students, if believers, simply are lumping coals on the head of their adversary by gracefully blessing her.

If unbelievers, then although they might have intended it for evil, might be meant for good by His Plan in all things.

Besides, the unbeliever doesn’t have the ability to know the hearts of other people, other than judging them by their fruits.


30 posted on 02/18/2010 5:30:40 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Maybe it was done to stress the meaning of Christmas.


31 posted on 02/18/2010 5:31:34 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: bogusname

With a first name like “Melissa”, I wonder what her maiden name is? Or, did she disdain that so much that she had to change it?
She is not acting like a teacher...should’ve ignored it.


32 posted on 02/18/2010 5:33:31 AM PST by RebelTXRose
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To: naturalized

The natural reaction for a soulish person who further degenerates in arrogance is to oppose anything Christian.

Loving God by placing nothing else before Him and also loving one’s fellow man, often results in those who reject God to react, rather than respond to their obedience and love for Him. It’s another indicator of how corrupt living outside of Christ degenerates the human mind and decision making abilities.


33 posted on 02/18/2010 5:37:06 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: TalBlack

Truth from the mouth of babes.


34 posted on 02/18/2010 5:38:43 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan
Yup, no doubt. But you want to know what, it works for me. These liberal indoctrination centers just some time need a bit of shaking up. And to be frank about it it still sucks to be her. They can postulate all the crap they want to with impunity and we the compliant sheep only bleet.

SO if a few kids want to piss off the establishment, good on them.

I don't know how old you are but I am old enough to not really care what people think about me. I do not trust anything to do with government control. (and I retired from the military) It really bothers my father but OH WELL. It is my opinion.

Respect is earned and if this teacher is blinded by her own sheepskin then again it still sucks to be her.

35 posted on 02/18/2010 5:53:25 AM PST by SERE_DOC (My Rice Krispies told me to stay home & clean my weapons! How does one clean a phase 4 plasma rifle)
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The students were merely trying to start reasoned debate. This is what this book (The Bible) says about what her book (Darwinism) says.

Yes, she does sound Amish and to her prostelizing the Christian faith would be a crime usually punishable by death.


36 posted on 02/18/2010 5:54:48 AM PST by bjorn14 ("The Constitution is a fundamentally flawed document..." -Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.)
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To: Roger_Wildcat

“It could be that she is the fat ugly white woman who married a Muslim from Morocco. Hence her last name.”

Then she’s even dumber than I thought.


37 posted on 02/18/2010 6:44:30 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan; All
They also left her a Christmas card with the word ‘Christ’ underlined. I wonder why they might have done that? Of course, its purely speculation, but I would suggest they were doing it to annoy her....

It could also be that after enduriung endless anti-religious/anti-Christian rants and abuse, her students decided to stand up for their beliefs. However even IF it were to annoy her, the fact remains that they were presenting her with absolute Biblical truth:

‘Christ’ is the answer.
38 posted on 02/18/2010 6:58:49 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: bogusname

What awesome kids, to not be bullied by this obviously close-minded ‘teacher’ (actually bigot).


39 posted on 02/18/2010 7:17:09 AM PST by Ro_Thunder ("Other than ending SLAVERY, FASCISM, NAZISM and COMMUNISM, war has never solved anything")
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan
And you KNOW this because...???

Don't make assumptions about certain peoples actions until you know the whole story. There might have been questions such as “Does the Bible really say?” and one of the students thought of giving her a Bible as an answer. One Bible does not mean the whole class was involved, only one student.

And just because she says other students were doing it, doesn't mean they were, only that she says so (for the sake of the lawsuit).

40 posted on 02/18/2010 10:30:08 AM PST by wbarmy (Hard core, extremist, and right-wing is a little too mild for my tastes.)
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To: bogusname

oh, brother. Hussain? Hmmmmm


41 posted on 02/18/2010 3:43:26 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: bogusname

She complained about students singing “Jesus Loves Me” and wearing Jesus T-shirts.


Free speech ;)


42 posted on 02/18/2010 5:54:13 PM PST by Lera
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To: bogusname

Kids figured out how to push a hysteric over the edge.


43 posted on 02/18/2010 6:37:43 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: SERE_DOC

This must be the week for my getting back to posting. I am a public school teacher and I think the students in this story are awesome! What sounds like extra good news is that the teacher is the one in trouble. I think it’s safe to guess this teacher has had other “issues” in the past.


44 posted on 03/06/2010 9:13:45 AM PST by DaughterofEve (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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To: bogusname; samtheman; sinsofsolarempirefan; TigerBait; alnick; Mrs. P; ought-six; paudio; ...

I’m going to contrast that story to what happened in our 6th-grade class in the late 50s. I know, I know, but...

At our elementary school, both the kids and the faculty were about half Jews and half Christians. There were two 6th-grade classes in the school; one taught by a Jewish lady, and the other by a Christian lady.

According to the customs of the time, we saluted the flag every day, said the Lord’s Prayer (some of the kids said the words and others stood silently) and were read a passage from the Bible every day, sometimes the Old Testament (Jewish Bible), sometimes the New Testament (Christian Bible). Our teacher read from a tattered black Bible.

In December, we decorated the school for Christmas and Hannukah, and learned Christmas carols and Hannukah songs for the yearly concert. It was commonplace for the girls to wear a cross or a Star of David around their necks, and most of us were familiar with many Yiddish expressions, as well as the main holidays of both religions.

The year that we were to “graduate” from 6th grade, a group of us, both Christians and Jews, discussed what gift we would give our teacher — a bunch of red roses or a new Bible. Ultimately we appointed one kid to ask her which she wanted. She opted for the Bible, and we chose one covered in white leather, with gold leaf on the edges of the pages, had the store emboss her name on the cover in gold, and presented it to her on our last day of elementary school.

Thirty-five years later, we had a wonderful reunion, attended by about half of the class and their spouses. Most had married within our respective religions, handful had “married out”, and one girl had not married. The organizers read a letter from our much-loved teacher. She had moved across the country to be with her grandchildren. Then in her 80s, her letter recalled many of her pleasant memories of individuals in our class, and also jokingly thanked us again for having given her the Bible instead of the red roses, since she still had it. Even though our generation was the vanguard of the Youth Rebellion, her mention of the Bible brought out no negative comments at the reunion.

Now that I had her address, and knowing I would be traveling out west that summer, I decided to go the 500 miles out of my way to see her.

Although I hadn’t seen her since I was 11, and was then 46, she recognized me instantly. I gave her our alternate class gift that day, a big bunch of red roses. She showed me the now-worn white Bible, saying how much it had meant to her, and that she had loaned it to both her daughter and her granddaughter to carry under their bouquets at their weddings.

She also related how she had become a teacher. At the beginning of the post-WW2 Baby Boom, there was such a demand for teachers that she was recruited although she had no formal education credentials, having formerly been a college graduate, but an office worker. This news shocked me, since she was one of our district’s best teachers of all from K to 12.

She said she felt apprehensive about taking the job with no specific education training, so she had called her father and asked him what to do.

“Just love the children,” he replied. I can tell you, that is exactly what she did. By that I do not mean what today’s gutter minds might be thinking.

She was kind, caring, conscientious, pleasant and enthusiastic, naturally commanding respect and good behavior. She made the lessons fun and interesting. She encouraged each child, no matter what they were like (a couple of our classmates would today have been Special Ed); and we knew she would have permitted no bullying. She made special small groups for kids interested in various topics. A few weeks into the term, a black child entered our class for the first time in school district history, and she was as supportive of him as of any of us. While most of the white children’s parents were executives, government employees or professionals, he was the child of the school janitor. Today he is a lawyer.

That teacher’s guiding principles and selfless love for others came from the religious traditions expressed in the Bible. For generations, until the 1960s, it was the one book found in every American home and classroom. I realize this sounds like an article from a religious magazine; however, this is my actual experience of growing up in the DC area in America as it once was.


45 posted on 04/26/2010 8:34:47 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (I can see November from my house!)
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That’s what a teacher is supposed to be, frankly.

Most of mine growing up were that, with varying levels of success.

Unfortunately, when teaching left the church/local municipalities, and became a national effort, the ‘standards’ went down, as well as the professionalism and morality of the teachers.

Additionally, it’s also a function of increased numbers - more teachers = more idiots as teachers.


46 posted on 04/26/2010 11:28:23 AM PDT by Ro_Thunder ("Other than ending SLAVERY, FASCISM, NAZISM and COMMUNISM, war has never solved anything")
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To: bogusname

Instead of crying “Hate crime” she should have said “You flunk”. Much more effective.


47 posted on 04/26/2010 11:35:11 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: bogusname

These liberals act like a Bible and religion are mirrors and spikes to Dracula.


48 posted on 04/26/2010 11:48:39 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: Ro_Thunder
Additionally, it’s also a function of increased numbers - more teachers = more idiots as teachers.

I think it has more to do with, as you said, wresting control of education away from the local community, and also the demonization of Christianity. It has been a shock to me that secular persons of Jewish descent have been so prominent in their lawsuits against Christian expression in schools, given the experiences I had with Jewish/Christian benevolent co-existence in our school.

49 posted on 04/26/2010 12:21:38 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (I can see November from my house!)
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To: Albion Wilde

Like I said, I attribute it to both. Local control for local community standards is the right way to go, in my humble internet opinion. Test the basic knowledge, critical skills, but put the local community standards in place. I know that flies in the face of our ‘globalized economy’, but my guess is most people don’t like being lied to, want to trust someone who gives them their word, doesn’t like to be stolen from, beat up, attacked, called names, want to help their neighbors, or be helped by their neighbors.


50 posted on 04/26/2010 12:25:56 PM PDT by Ro_Thunder ("Other than ending SLAVERY, FASCISM, NAZISM and COMMUNISM, war has never solved anything")
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