Christian Terrorists and Public Education

What’s my gripe with public education? Besides the fact they seem to be devolving into a giant secular babysitting service, it’s public money – my money – being used to teach young people values that oppose my values. I don’t mind being opposed, really. I *do* mind being taxed to fund my opposition.

The latest examples I’ve read this week are examples of schools performing terrorism drills. That in itself is ok, but who are the terrorist examples? Right-wing fundamentalist Christians. Sheesh. With all the terrorist attacks in the last 5 years, what percentage were these atrocities committed by right-wing fundamentalist Christians? A teensy weensy amount, if any. Couldn’t they come up with a more representative terrorist?

From Cadre Comments and Another Day Closer come these stories –

  • In Burlington Township, PA, Hostage drill prepares school for crisis (a similar story about the same township is here):

    The mock terror attack involved two irate men armed with handguns who invaded the high school through the front door. They pretended to shoot several students in the hallway and then barricaded themselves in the media center with 10 student hostages.

    Two Burlington Township police detectives portrayed the gunmen. Investigators described them as members of a right-wing fundamentalist group called the “New Crusaders” who don’t believe in separation of church and state. The mock gunmen went to the school seeking justice because the daughter of one had been expelled for praying before class.

  • In Muskegon County, MI, Christian homeschoolers are planting bombs:

    The exercise will simulate an attack by a fictitious radical group called Wackos Against Schools and Education who believe everyone should be homeschooled. Under the scenario, a bomb is placed on the bus and is detonated while the bus is traveling on Durham, causing the bus to land on its side and fill with smoke.

It’s outrageous. I don’t want my tax dollars to fund public education anymore. I want my money back.

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6 thoughts on “Christian Terrorists and Public Education

  1. Paul Hill, Terry Nichols, Timothy McVeigh, and Operation Rescue Aside, I can’t really argue with your point. I’m not certain that “Christian terrorism” is any more or less likely than any other flavor. If we’re talking about drills here, wouldn’t it make sense to use “terrorism” in the generic sense?

    I’m not a Christian (I’m a Buddhist, I don’t believe in God), but what purpose is served by this sort of silliness? (Unless we’re talking about Fred Phelps and his group of inbred, hate-fueled wackos….)

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  2. “Terrorist” in the generic sense would, of course, make more sense.

    Curious, though – how would you have felt if the examples had been Buddhist terrorists? I’m pretty sure the vast majority of terrorists are neither Christian nor Buddhist, so saying “any more or less likely” is not quite accurate.

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  3. If memory serves, Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh did their acts in retaliation for the Waco tragedy, not because of any radical Christian beliefs as was the assumption in this so-called drill.

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  4. How about a scenario that is lots more likely to occur, based on historical data: several students enter the school, armed, and proceed to start shooting their schoolmates.

    This would also have the added benefit of getting all the students suspicious of each other, allowing the school staff to more easily manipulate… err, control them.

    ~EdT.

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  5. Goodness, John. You really hate Christians. Has a Christian beheaded any of your family members lately? You have a severe left-wing bent in that post I recognize so I’m pretty sure reasoned discourse (e.g. the difference between terrorist and commander-in-chief) would be a waste of time for both of us.

    Tony, I agree with you. I don’t recall religious motives behind Nichols or McVeigh. If one wants to describe them as American terrorists, I could see that perspective, but I would also point out that these were isolated fringe elements of our society, denounced by practically everybody. Not so with, say, Islamic fundamentalists who have at a minimum tacit approval from those that are silent.

    Ed, that’s waaay to close to home. Your fiction isn’t so far fetched; already the public schools teach children values that are contrary to their parents on certain issues.

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