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Saturday, February 12, 2005  

Some folks are just born mean

There is a quality of spoilsport in America which we see among self-righteous people who say, in effect, I don't want this for myself (or my kid), I also don't want anyone else to have it.

As in a Virginia county where a couple move down from New Yawk, send their child to public school and find out that the school farms out its children for Bible classes to a local church. This is fully in compliance with all court rulings and children, of course, can opt out if their parents object.

But that's not good enough for some.

From Fox News:

"My reaction is exactly like the reaction of those who come here from a different place — shock and disbelief that we have Bible classes in public schools," Heather Ward said.

Now the Wards and other parents are asking the school board to eliminate or modify the program, which shuttles first-, second- and third-graders to churches during class time for voluntary half-hour Christian lessons and activities.

But the would-be reformers have run into staunch resistance. More than 400 people showed up to weigh in on the issue at a contentious school board meeting in December, and more than 1,000 signed a petition urging the school board to keep the classes.

But some locals object, too:

But many opponents are Staunton natives. They argue that children who opt out are stigmatized and have little to do while their classmates are in Bible classes, taking away precious time for academics in the age of standardized testing.

The Bible classes began in Virginia in 1929 after a majority of students failed a simple Bible test.

The ever present trump card of identity and resentment politics is the ubiquitous - I am offended. Save the children from being stigmatized.

It's ironic that when diversity is treated as the end all and be all we can't have children different from one another or believe differently.

My father was telling me that when he was a boy growing up in the Fall River area of Massachusetts that there were regular fights between the Catholics and Protestants. If there had been more Jews there, that would have been a cause for fights, too.

Yet, they played baseball together, went to school together, and fought WW2 together, and maybe being in the Service put an end to childish sectarian attitudes, but here we are 60-70 years later and hypersensitive souls can't bear to think that little Johnny might say to himself, "Gee, Sally doesn't want to know about Moses or Jesus like I do."

As I said, this is a quality of spoilsport, of arrogant self-reighteousness which cannot bear the idea of anyone not going along with their program.

Is there anyone now more intolerant than the new socially dictating bluestockings?

posted by Mark Butterworth | 12:31 PM |