By Kevin “Coach” Collins
Those who don’t live in the rural South find stories like this difficult to believe. We imagine an increased level of freedom in our idealized version of things in Dixie. Alas that’s not quite how things are.
Recently the parents of home schooled children in Goochland County, Virginia had to rise up in fury to force the county’s school board to back down from a most intrusive demand. It seems surreal to even contemplate this, but the power drunk school board members had to be made to abandon their demand that home-schooled children and their parents be required “to justify their religious beliefs to the satisfaction” of these government thugs.
Under this Orwellian edict, children over 14 were ordered to provide a government “approved” explanation of whatever religious doctrines they follow. This order extended to home schooling parents as well.
At a raucous meeting hundreds of furious parents confronted the country’s school board and voiced their adamant demand that the policy be reserved immediately. They got what they came for as the board caved in.
Nevertheless, doubtlessly pushed forward by the local teachers union, the board reserved the right to make this unconstitutional and infuriating demand of homeschooling parents.
With incredible hubris they think they might still be able to force those who home-school their children to yield to their whims. Because they THINK a family’s demand to home school on religious grounds is not sincere (saying that teaching the joy and goodness of homosexual sex to 6th graders maybe) they would decide on a case by case basis IF THEY would allow it.
Given the continued pressure from Muslims to transform our schools into madrasas can widespread Muslim homeschooling be far off? It seems hard to believe that in that case the Board would demand Islamic purity before approving such an arrangement.
Would some school board full of liberal idiots be brazen enough to give the local radical Imam a pass and arrest a Baptist minister for teaching scripture during his “homeschooling” sessions?
We know the answer is very possibly “Yes.” If we don’t stand up for our freedoms, even in places that “seem” to be safely conservative, tyrants will walk all over us. Citizenship, we have learned, is not a spectator sport
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