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 â€œNew Crusadersâ€ 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.
Apparently the Jews are not as crafty as they would have us believe. They can’t even shoot down a simple rocket.
Wait, a minute… my tin foil hat is slipping. Maybe,…..Maybe THATS EXACTLY what Israel wants us to believe. Those Jews are crafty indeed.
CNN now accuses Israel of deliberately allowing their own people to be attacked to allow a moral equivalance for their actions in Lebanon.
This is deadly serious.
Consider if Israel’s enemies had the capabilities of Israel. Would they show the restraint that Israel has against Hizbollah, expending troops to prevent civilian deaths? Or, would we see wholesale carpet bombing and nuclear strikes in Tel-Aviv?
Hizbollah has been able to arm and rebuild in the six years that have past since Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon. UN
collaborators peace keepers stood by and watched. (Trust me, you don’t install concrete without a lot of local help knowing about it, and you have to get rid of the dirt dug from those tunnels.) Now think about global terrorism’s progress five years in the future. Backed by a nuclear Iran, Syria and our enemies across the globe.
Now is the time for this to end. Even if it means regional war.
Turn off the TV and pray.
Me, I’m pulling for the IDF.
Evangelical teens rally in S.F.
More than 25,000 evangelical Christian youth landed Friday in San Francisco for a two-day rally at AT&T Park against “the virtue terrorism” of popular culture, and they were greeted by an official city condemnation and a clutch of protesters who said their event amounted to a “fascist mega-pep rally.”
“Battle Cry for a Generation” is led by a 44-year-old Concord native, Ron Luce, who wants “God’s instruction book” to guide young people away from the corrupting influence of popular culture.
That’s bad news to Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who told counterprotesters at City Hall on Friday that while such fundamentalists may be small in number, “they’re loud, they’re obnoxious, they’re disgusting, and they should get out of San Francisco.”
Luce didn’t flinch in the face of the counterprotest. The author, host of the “Acquire the Fire TV” cable television program and a President Bush appointee to a federal anti-drug-abuse commission, wants teens to find Bible-based solutions for the spread of sexually transmitted disease, teen pregnancy, drug abuse and suicide.
The villains, Luce said, range from the promiscuity and “sexualization” of young people on MTV and the popular online meeting hub MySpace.com to a corporate culture that spends millions trying to woo the under-21 crowd.
Earlier this week, the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution condemning the “act of provocation” by what it termed an “anti-gay,” “anti-choice” organization that aimed to “negatively influence the politics of America’s most tolerant and progressive city.”
Luce said it was the first time one of his events has been officially condemned.
San Francisco practices an unusual definition of “tolerance.”