Semper Fidelis, Semper Liber.
Stolen fair and square from the Capt. Courtesey himself.I spit at lots of people through my computer screen. Not only does it "teach them a lesson" but it keeps the screen clean and shiny.
Question: How many of you who have replied to this thread actually have children in the Louisiana school system?
Most likely one or two of you, at most.
I question the motives behind this thread. I agree with the poster who said it reeks of a smear piece. Great, everyone tee off and bash the Conservative Christians.
Here's another question: Are you surprised that Conservative Christianity is deeply entrenched in the traditions of the deep south? Is this some new and breaking development?
Of course not. It's been that way for centuries.
Why are you, then, incapable of leaving the good people of Louisiana alone? This is a state issue, it doesn't concern you. Why stick your nose in where it doesn't belong?
Southerners call it "carpet bagging." You may have good intentions, but I assure you, the good people of Louisiana are more than capable of running their own state without your condescending meddling.
Second, it effects everyone in this country when children are being taught idiotic, Dark Ages fantasy instead of reality in schools. Those kids will vote someday. They might move to another state someday. This is a real social issue for everyone in this country.
Third, the fact that it may not be happening in your own state doesn't mean you have no right to comment on it. We have a right to comment on whatever social, political, and educational things are going on in this country that we want. Lord knows the Southerners aren't shy of doing it themselves. They've got very big mouths concerning states that have legalized gay marriage or that have fairly laid back abortion laws or whatever else, and a lot of them are very keen to try to influence those states to alter their course. I think they have a word for that; it might be hypocrisy.
Double post. Site went all crazy just as I was posting it.
Do you have proof that federal funds are going to this?
I believe voucher money to private schools is typically local, but maybe you'll prove me wrong.
If YOUR tax dollars are directly paying for this, then you certainly do have a say.
If YOUR tax dollars are NOT paying for this, you are just meddling.
There is no precedent that says we need to change this due to some perceived social engineering effects which, by the way, you haven't supported with any data.
If you poll the residents of Louisiana, many or most might be fine with this.
Everyone's moral compass isn't exactly the same as yours.
To use your own example: Probably half of all Americans find homosexuality objectionable on the grounds that it's degrading to society. Should the government be able to step in and make sure our schools teach kids that gay is wrong? These are future voters after all. They might move to other states.
I'm gonna take a wild guess here, SmokeAndMirrors, and say that when it agrees with YOUR ideology, the government should act... but when it doesn't, they should stay the hell out.
It doesn't work like that. But oh, how we all hate people who aren't like us. It's human nature I suppose. Those damn right wing crazy religious backward gun-toting hillbillies...
I'm not meddling. It's the Constitution. It applies to every state and their local governments.
Nope, that's not the case at all. The government does a lot of things I don't personally believe in, but in some cases I recognize my beliefs would be wrong to enforce governmentally.
Just because you don't know the difference between personal bones and social policy doesn't mean we're all like that.
Legally, we are discussing private schools who have the right to teach that the sky is purple if they want to. Parents don't have to send their children to that particular school. That is the beauty of the voucher system, that the money can be put toward whatever school the parents believe is best for their own children.
I'm not a lawyer, but I doubt you have much of a legal case. If you did, I'm certain that there would already be lawsuits challenging the program.
That leaves us with the ethical question - whether you are entitled to a say in something that is happening not in your community, and that you are not helping to fund.
If you would have just said "I don't think those 14 points are appropriate subject matter for schoolchildren" I wouldn't have any problem with that. I take issue when you (or anyone not involved in that particular community) talks about what action needs to be taken, because it's not your place, or uses a thread like this as a springboard to bash all things Christian.