Kindergarteners in Pennsylvania Need Witchcraft Not Bible

6 09 2007

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The Founders are turning in their graves. A kindergarten principal in Pennsylvania believes the youngsters should be exposed to witchcraft because the Bible is too “proselytizing.”

When his turn came, Culbertson Elementary student Wesley Busch asked his mother to read from his favorite book, the Bible. But the ADF said school officials told Donna Kay Busch that the school viewed the Bible as “proselytizing” and as “promoting a specific religious point of view,” banning it from the class.

Officials with the Marple Newtown School District had defended their actions as reasonable, and the trial court judge agreed.

However, the ADF’s brief argued “the lower court’s radical departure from settled First Amendment law poses a serious threat to religious expression.”

ADF also pointed to a poster made by young Wesley showing one of his favorite activities, going to church, which was ironically allowed by the school. If they truly thought religion “proselytizes” other students, they shouldn’t allow the poster either. The Bible reading was rejected because it presents a particula religious point of view.

Focus Action interviewed Jeremy Tedesco, with the Alliance Defense Fund:

“There’s just absolutely no reason; in fact, it’s against the Constitution to treat Christians differently.”

“Especially when the school does what it has done here, which is open up a forum for kids to say who they are and what they believe. What are they supposed to take away from this assignment? That everything is valid to talk about except for your religious beliefs or your Christian beliefs?”

Ironically, three out of four Pennsylvania education standards encourage teaching religion. Eric Buehrer with Gateways to Better Education said the directive falls on deaf ears.

“Unfortunately, a lot of educators see teaching about another religion as a cultural exercise,” he said, “but teaching about the Bible or Christianity is a violation of the separation of church and state.”

This school couldn’t be more wrong. The Founders were crystal clear on what their desire was for Christianity and schools.

Samual Adams: “Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity… and leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.” [October 4, 1790]

In Benjamin Franklin’s 1749 plan of education for public schools in Pennsylvania, he insisted that schools teach “the excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern.”

“Education is useless without the Bible” [Noah Webster. Our Christian Heritage p.5 ]

Benjamin Rush: “Let the children who are sent to those schools be taught to read and write and above all, let both sexes be carefully instructed in the principles and obligations of the Christian religion. This is the most essential part of education”
Letters of Benjamin Rush, “To the citizens of Philadelphia: A Plan for Free Schools”, March 28, 1787

Their view of Christianity was completely opposite of this “proselytizing” stance of Culbertson Elementary school officials and they have obviously misunderstood our country’s founding ideals.

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10 11 2008
wytchymystique

The court is right– the bible and the attitude of the Christian reading from it have always been proselytizing, speaking from my own experience. I don’t have a problem with the Christianity in general, but Christian’s usually have a problem with me and my Pagan beliefs.

One of the things that makes Christianity so problematic is its ‘my way or the highway’ attitude. Christians expect respect for their own religion, but they will not give that same courtesy to those of us who follow a different path.

As for the principal wishing to expose children to witchcraft, which I think is wonderful, the practitioners of the Old Ways do not proselytize. We believe that if this is a path you are meant to follow, you will find it on your own. Also, it is to our advantage to keep our mysteries and knowledge to ourselves.

Bright Blessings,

(The Rev.) Lady Amythyst Raine
http://wytchymystique.wordpress.com
http://ladyamythyst.webs.com

10 11 2008
Mr. Incredible

==The court is right…==

No, it isn’t.

==…the bible and the attitude of the Christian reading from it have always been proselytizing, speaking from my own experience.==

So what? Maybe some people need it.

== I don’t have a problem with the Christianity in general…==

What is “Christianity in general”?

==…but Christian’s usually have a problem with me and my Pagan beliefs…==

No kiddin’?

==One of the things that makes Christianity so problematic…==

Is that your subjectivity again?

==… is its ‘my way or the highway’ attitude.==

Jesus said that He is the ONLY Way to the Father. So, in order to say what you say, you’d have to believe that Jesus is a liar.

== Christians expect respect for their own religion, but they will not give that same courtesy to those of us who follow a different path.==

If Jesus is the ONLY Way to the Father, how can we say that theere are other ways? Give us some wisdom there.

==As for the principal wishing to expose children to witchcraft, which I think is wonderful…==

Wifebeaters and child mosesters think what what they do is wonderful, too.

==… the practitioners of the Old Ways do not proselytize.==

What are you doing now?

== We believe that if this is a path you are meant to follow, you will find it on your own.==

With your help, huh.

== Also, it is to our advantage to keep our mysteries and knowledge to ourselves.==

Y’know, that’s what the Devil says, too. Amazing! The last thing the Devil wants is for the Word of God to be spread, and you agree. We understand.

10 11 2008
Mr. Incredible

==One of the things that makes Christianity so problematic is its ‘my way or the highway’ attitude.==

Actually, Christianity is not about “my” way. It’s about God’s Way – Jesus.

10 11 2008
Mr. Incredible

==As for the principal wishing to expose children to witchcraft, which I think is wonderful…==

But exposing children to the Word of God is not so wonderful???

Nevermind. We know the answer you’re gonna give.

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