What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
The letter is very well written, and raises excellent points. Some are as follows:
In a system that tolerates the profane outbursts of the worst of seat-warmers, and coddles the daily offenders with layers of special programs, why would they seek to silence the very best they have at their moments of reward and thanksgiving?
From the Vice President dropping F-bombs to tenured college professors calling 9/11 victims “little Eichmanns”, we repeatedly see the boundaries of free speech and accepted decorum being pushed. But mention God or Christ, or talk about the Bible, and you’re the target of the next ACLU lawsuit and are being labeled as a right-wing religious bigot.
If Brittany had given thanks and acknowledgment to any other person or group for the positive influence that changed her life it would have been allowed — any person or group, that is, except God or Jesus Christ, or possibly another religious figure. She could have acknowledged any sports star no matter what his criminal record, but not Jesus Christ.
That is specific discrimination.
Brittany’s assessment that others might be rewarded the same way she was for taking God’s plan into their lives was no different than if she had reminded them that “practice makes perfect” in the athletic arena. For her, God was her vehicle for success. And, she is not supposed to share that with the student body she cares about?
Indeed, that’s not proselytizing, it’s a simple recommendation that can be ignored or followed, based upon the desire of each individual. Honestly people, “freedom of religion” in our founding documents was never meant to be interpreted “freedom from religion”.
The reason the district is having trouble getting good teachers is not due to the Brittany McCombs of the world giving their sincere thanks to God. It is the discrimination against top students such as Brittany while the classrooms are made intolerable because of the delinquents who don’t embrace the God that could change their lives.