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Freedom of Religion for ALL or NONE!

I recently read a story about a public school that took students on a field trip to a mosque. At first I was outraged, as were many of my fellow conservatives. How dare they spend my tax money to go to such a place of hate and an enemy to Americans, those jihadist-loving Muslims. To top it off, the kids were given Qurans and were forced to listen to Muslim scriptures read from their book!

Then I heard it, that little voice in the back of my head… you hypocrite! Who me? Really? No way! But as I thought about the term “hypocrite”, that’s exactly what those thoughts were, hypocritical.

That’s right. You see, I often talk about freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of worship, but am I only talking about Christians or Jews? I firmly believe this country was founded on Judeo Christian principles and that the majority of our founding fathers were Christian, God-loving men. However, also I believe they gave up everything for the rights we hold so dear. And it wasn’t just for Christians and Jews, it was for everyone!

Whenever we conservatives (especially conservative Christians) even think one of our religious or free speech rights are being trampled on someone’s going to hear about it. And you know the left and the atheists would go out of their minds if there was a field trip to a church where a priest came out, read scripture to the kids, explained what it meant, and then offered the kids a Bible. Every anti-religion group known to mankind would come out to protect those kids from indoctrination! The Freedom from Religion Freaks, Freedom from Religion Association, and ACLU would be up in arms.

But on this one, nothing, not a peep, not a word. That shores up my argument that the attack is on Christianity. But that’s another column.

To my Christian Conservative friends, unless you want ruin any chance to educate children about your belief system, you need to back off!

The way to win this argument is to allow field trips to all places of worship. Buddhist temples, Jewish synagogues, Islamic mosques, Catholic churches, Christian churches, and whatever house of worship atheists and others have.

The left is a huge proponent of “education” and exposing our kids to all aspects of life. Let’s do the same thing! You can win this argument in court. Equal exposure to all aspects of religion for everyone.

Think about some of the songs and words our kids hear around Christmas and the holidays. What displays are put up? They are Christian in nature. We won these battles because we allowed, all songs, all displays to be on campus.

When they are taught about the legal system, they are taught where the basics come from (those pesky 10 Commandments!)

The Gideons give out Bibles near school entrances. These are rights the courts have upheld because we allow them for all religions, not just one.

Kids are permitted to lead student-initiated prayer at the flag pole on the National Day of Prayer and other events.

When you get past the rage and look at the facts, the kids were offered the Quran and a few took them. The kids were not forced to pray or read from the Quran. They weren’t even required to go, it was a field trip.

When the parents asked the principal why they didn’t go on other houses of worship field trips, he replied that it was simply a money issue.

Ok you conservative, Christian parents and business owners, now’s the time to ante up. Collect some funds and make that trip possible for all the kids in class. As your good book tells you, share your faith with all people.

The point is, don’t scream about how bad it is for your kids to visit a mosque and all that goes along with it. It’s about educating and informing people. You do that with information. Teach your kids well, expose them to these kinds of things, and as long as you’re living out what you believe, your kids won’t stray.

I remember reading, “Train up your children in the way they should go and when they are older they won’t depart from it”.

Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face. Freedom of religion is for all or it’s for none!

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  1. Jan Brown says:

    Your’e right, Joe…as is par. “The forbidden fruit is always more enticing…or so it seems. While the word “NO” is sometimes necessary, when overused loses it’s effectiveness & actually stops being heard, much less, complied with. PARENTAL INTERVENTION with ‘cross education’ & comparisons can PREVENT undue influence. This not only arms your children with the power of knowledge, but TEACHES THEM TO THINK & REASON….Wow! what a concept!!!We teach them to ‘look, before crossing the street’ and not to stick their fingers into light sockets” because of the hurt & harm that comes from it…..Why not also teach them to avoid the emotional/mental & moral dangers that exist? Real CONVERSATION (not text messages) contributes more to their education than ‘field trips’…If you don’t talk TO (not at) your children, you are not living the role of a parent. Old fashioned, perhaps, but effective….& a hug helps as well.
    Thanks, Joe for your common sense approach to a growing problem.