Monday, April 18, 2011

Spring Spheres? Truth from the Mouths of Babes

Next weekend is Good Friday and Easter. Coupled with Christmas, these three days represent the most holy and important events in Christianity... the virgin birth, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This week, I want to share several important cultural and spiritual aspects to the days of this coming week.

This year "Earth Day" is on Good Friday. It has been described by some religious leaders as "profound coincidence," "a Providential Convergence" and "a collision."

It is really none of the above. It is as The Daily Caller has reported, a day when, "Two of the worlds holiest religious holidays are set to fall on the same day"--April 22, 2011.

Good Friday and Earth Day. They are both religious holidays. I will explain tomorrow.

But first lets take another quick look at the "Spring Spheres" issue. Most of you have heard about it, however it's worth repeating and is important to where we pick up in tomorrow's blog.

Sixteen year old Jessica told Dori Monson on Seattle's KIRO radio, that when she presented the idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy for some third graders, their public school teacher said she could do it, "As long as I called this treat 'Spring Spheres' . I couldn't call them Easter eggs," she said.

She decided to "just roll with it" rather than create an issue.

"But," she told Dori, "When I took them out of the bag, the teacher said, 'Oh, look, Spring Spheres' and all the kids were like, 'wow' Easter eggs. So the kids knew."

Indeed they do know. Out of the mouths of babes...

The Seattle PI's "Seattle's Big Blog" is now questioning whether or not this actually happened. That's what they do in matters like this. "The Stranger" has piled on as well.

I have been interviewed by Dori Monson. He is bright. And he knows what he is doing. I don't believe he would have interviewed Jessica had he not been comfortable with her story.

The PI has published comments and a statement from the School Board. The Board said they were unaware of the incident, then released the following statement:

"We have a 'Religion and Religious Accommodation' policy, approved by the School Board in 1983, stating that 'no religious belief or non-belief should be promoted by the school district or its employees, and none should be disparaged.'"

Two things to take away.

First, will chickens and factory workers need sensitivity training? There is a risk that some chickens may lay and workers may manufacture eggs rather than spheres in the weeks preceding Easter and unknowingly contribute to children having Easter Eggs rather than Spring Spheres, some of which could end up in the classroom. Who then is responsible? The chicken or the egg? Or the child? Or the factory worker?

Secondly. The School Board is violating its own policy. It is indeed promoting a religious belief. School districts across the country will be promoting certain religious beliefs this week and do so throughout the school year.

I will explain tomorrow.

Be Vigilant. Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed
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Gary Randall
President
Faith and Freedom

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9 comments:

  1. Well, Gary may take Dori's right-leaning word for it, but the fact remains that there is absolutely zero corroborating evidence to support the claims in this story. Not only does the "student" lack a last name, but both schools involved are unnamed. Not only that but, despite this story having blown up into a national and international story, there has not been a single child or parent of a child in this class coming forward to confirm the story.

    Given the complete lack of supporting evidence, I'd say this is just that, a story, one that is pleasing to some people's political biases so they don't question it's complete lack of supporting details or evidence. Does anyone doubt that is the story involved reflected poorly on Gary and his cohorts, the lack of evidence would outweigh Dori "is bright" in Gary's mind. Situational ethics at their finest.

    Perhaps you should change your sign-off to just the last two items, after all anyone who not only accepts but defends this wholly unsupported story is neither vigilant, informed or discerning.

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  2. RE: I have been interviewed by Dori Monson. He is bright. And he knows what he is doing. I don't believe he would have interviewed Jessica had he not been comfortable with her story.

    Well, that's good enough for me!

    Seriously, when Gary resorts to uncorroborated stories and rumors to make his point, as he often does, he doesn't say much about his original arguments.

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  3. To say Gary "resorts to uncorroborated stories and rumors to make his point" is a quiet a leap. I don't agree with everything on this site, but I don't read any other site where they link their sources any better than here. I don't think any other Christian sites even allow people like you to comment. You should attack the point made, not the person who made it. Maybe you should do a little more corroborating yourself and be thankful for the opportunity to disagree to a diverse audience.

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  4. @2:22

    Perhaps you need to widen your horizons beyond Christian sites, you'll find that proper citing of sources, corroboration of stories and even (gasp) unmoderated comments are the norm. Perhaps then you'l realize that there is nothing exceptional or laudatory about FFN's heavily censored comments.

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  5. Faith and Freedom Staff3:16 PM, April 18, 2011

    Faith and Freedom does not "heavily " censor comments. We try to accomodate all opposing views.

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  6. Anon-2:51 If it isn't exceptional or worth while, why are you reading and commenting on it?

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  7. If I was a teacher in a public school and talked like this for example, did I promote something or not? Did I promote something, or simply inform the students about it for their education without promoting it? You decide.

    Good morning class. One our our students wanted to share with you some Easter eggs, colored plastic ones that are filled with some candy.

    Who can tell me what Easter is about? (Let any student share about this). If no student speaks up then, say something like, Easter is a holiday that Many Christians celebrate in recognition of Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead after he was crucified on the cross according to the Bible. It's also called Passover by many other Bible believers particularly those who are Jewish.

    According to the Bible, promises of God were made to a man called Abraham, that he would be a father to many nations and inherit a land. Those decendents of his that came through his son Isaac became many and dwelt in Egypt. A man called Moses was called of God to deliver them out from under the heavy hand of the Pharaoh of Egypt who oppressed them to build his kingdom.....etc. The passover lamb was the last meal God's people ate in Egypt...They were spared from death, the death of their firstborn of every household because they obeyed God's commandments concerning the Passover lamb...

    It's good to be informed of these things, and each one of you will need to decide for yourselves what things you encounter in life, whether they are good and true.

    I'm not going to tell you what to believe. I'm just your public school teacher. We are instructed to neither promote nor desparage religious beliefs. That is something that is your parent's responsibility and I hope you talk to them about things you encounter as you go through life.

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    If I was a teacher in a public school, I would think that I should have some liberty to say that I like the Bible and that I believe it is a good book to read.

    I suppose that would be encouraging.

    I don't think it's right if a public school teacher can't promote a good book like the Bible. That just isn't right.

    Maybe that's just a cross I would need to bear.

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  8. 6:39

    Outstanding point and encouraging also, thnx

    Craig in Lacey

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  9. A few years back our school district , in North kitsap banned the kids from doing the Play A Charlie Brown's Christimas . There was negotiations over the controversal play " sacarsm " and it was allowed to go on at night . the after noon show was cancelled so some of their school friends missed out . The controversal part was when Linus quoted the part in the Gospel of Luke explaining the meaning of Christmas .

    I have picked up materials at my public school that offers instructuion on masturbation , in Philly they are actually giving condoms now to 11 year olds because of the kids already experiencing sex . It just seems so strange that this culture has become so religious phoebic or even traditionalphoebic and just allowing kis to be kids .

    Will they please just cut it out . How can anyone say the kids have it better , gay , straight , black , red , white , with the crap that is thrown at them these days .

    Just let them be kids for crying out loud!!!!

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