Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Classroom Assault: Rosary Seized--Brokeback Mountain Taught

Manuel Vigil, a devout Catholic and high school senior, has had his rosary seized by the administration of his high school.

The school administration says he can't wear it because it might appear to be a gang symbol.

KDVR FOX 31 in Denver reported that "his school district thinks the religious necklace will harm students."

A spokesman for the school district says, "That's typically not what we want in a safe environment for school."

Safe environment? Safe for whom? If you have kids in school, please take a moment and read the story.


Public education is not a safe place for kids of biblical faith. Their faith is often under assault by activist secular progressive teachers and administrators.

Clearly there are some wonderful teachers, some people of biblical faith, who are within the system, but the public education industry has been hijacked by the activists for secular progressive philosophy.

High school English teacher Kristen Wimsatt has chosen to use "Brokeback Mountain", a film about 2 cowboys in a homosexual relationship as a study model for adaptation of a novel (text) to a film.

In her response to questions from parents she says, "The sexual element, while provocative,is tasteful."

Homosexual relations between 2 cowboys in a tent is tasteful?

She continues: "I have often contended that when students consume films in a safe and structured classroom environment, they have an opportunity to process the content in a thoughtful way."

Safe?

An Illinois Family organization is challenging the teacher and the district. They are asking the same questions you would ask or should ask if confronted with the same assault on your child.

Again, if you have children in public school, please read the story I have linked.

Christian parents must be informed. There is a battle for the mind of our children.

Be Vigilant. Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

14 comments:

  1. The answer for keeping classroom discussions relevant, avoiding assaulting religion is to allow different organizations to have tax dollars for school. The monopoly of public education is a socialist form and has socialist outcomes. Parents could allow clips of Brokeback if they know the values of the school, not wise but would have a totally different outcome for the student's value system. As long as we deny spiritual consequences for intellectual and physical pursuits, we will fail our children and destroy our families.

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  2. I'm going to side reluctantly with the school on the rosary thing. There really are Hispanic youth gangs using rosaries as emblems. The school did allow the boy to wear it under his shirt or keep it in his pocket. (Or rather, they said they did. If not, they should have.)

    The rosary is a tool, not a decoration. Properly speaking, it's not really meant to be worn anyway. Now, if the boy was praying on his beads and the school tried to stop him, they would be out of line.

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  3. From the Chicago Tribune:

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    In his statement, (Superintendent) Wahl said the film as literature class is an elective that junior and senior-level students at the Darien school can choose to take. He said the selections screened in class can contain R-rated films, which the Motion Picture Association of America suggests children under 17 view in the presence of an accompanying parent or guardian.

    "More importantly, this course requires that parents of all students in this course provide informed consent through a signed permission slip confirming that their child may view each selection," Wahl said in the statement.

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    I would say that all students are "safe" from this curriculum if they choose not to take the course or view these movies. The course is elective and parents must sign off on the syllabus. I'm not sure how this puts any unwilling student or parents in any kind of unfair situation.

    It is par for the course, however, for the religious right to insist that all families live by their personal religious beliefs. So I can see why they want to shut down this course, even for students and parents who want to take it.

    I'm not sure if you've been to an R-rated movie lately -- including Brokeback Mountain and American Beauty, two films chosen for this course -- but there are plenty of older teens in the audience with parents or parental permission. It's films like Pulp Fiction, with gratuitous violence, that I would object to for my children.

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    1. Since when does a movie that shows a number of couples being effected by adultery become a film for kids . Cheating on your spouse being glorified ?

      Have you seen this movie . Regardless of the inappropriate sex scenes in it. Allowing a tax payer funded school provide the access to , plus paying for it meansd we all better be allowed a say in it . .Since when do tax payers have to pay for someones else enetrtainment and so called education wothout a say in it ..

      What gay parent would want their kid growing up thinking adultery was understandable . many people believe same sex marriage will lessen the meaning of marriage , which you so bigotedly prove .

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  4. "Their faith is often under assault by activist secular progressive teachers and administrators."

    You are so jaded that you actually see a well meaning attempt to limit displaying gang symbols in school as a secular assault. The 13 bead (not 10) rosary is a gang symbol for some gangs. Good gosh, take the time to actually research one your red herrings for once. Reducing gang activity in inner city schools is no easy task and they may have accidentally violated his religious rights, but they did it to reduce gang violence and keep other kids safe, not in some secular plot.

    "if you have children in public school, please read the story I have linked"

    Why? 11:02 nailed it. No one was taken by surprise and no one was forced to take the course. Parents had to approve it in advance. btw - I saw Brokeback Mountain and I really don't even recall the sex scenes (but then I find male gay sex pretty icky myself). Instead I saw a very well told story of the inner struggles many gay people go through in a society that condemns them. It was a very good, timely movie and I would have supported my kids taking the course.

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    1. I meant to say "many people born gay".

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  5. 11:02 Just because everybody is doing it doesn't make it something every one should do. What you are OK with for your kids is not what is OK for my kids. I'm sure there are many kids attending R rated movies. There are a lot of kids doing a lot of things. This course may have been elective, but parents are often not fully aprised as to what exactly is being taught. I agree with Gary. This is another attempt to use the guise of literature to promote an agenda.

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    1. So, bottom line, you don't want MY kids to take a course I approve of, even if your kids don't have to. Thanks.

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    2. Bottom line is you want the parents of other kids to pay for a course only your kids want .

      SAT scores are down more this year then in the past 30 years . Thanks for the focus on education .

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    3. Actually, since schools are supported by property taxes paid by everyone (not just parents), the answer is yes, I want society to provide a well rounded educational opportunity that encourages kids to think and question and reason, not just memorize.

      Oh, and by the way, my daughter just started college as a sophomore thanks to her IB & AP credits. Apparently her overall course selection had a pretty strong focus on education.

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  6. I hear Gary defending a disciple of the vatican....

    Talk about siding with anti-Christ.

    Either you are serious about the Kingdom of God in Christ - or you will use Satan's greatest deception as your tool to score political points.

    Think about it.

    In the Lord Jesus Christ,
    Patrick

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    1. Defending religious freedom you sick pup.

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    2. One of my kids was told in school that he could not wear a cross. He had attended a Carmen Concert the night before , this was years ago . He was told by the teacher not to wear a Christian shirt also . The Shirt said God Loves us or something like that . I went to the school and talked to the principle , she said she would allow it . Sounded like she was doing me a favor , I left it that , but the Constitution protects us from that kind of stuff .

      The terrible history of those in academia negative attitude towards religion in general is what makes this story relevant . Hard to tell honestly if it was because of concern of the Rosary being used in a gang situation or just the belief religious symbols are not meant for government run institutions .

      Sounds like the District was bad on its explaining it to the parents , but got up to speed when the media got a hold of it .

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  7. I hear Gary defending a disciple of the vatican and the vatican's tools of bondage.....

    Either you are serious about the Kingdom of God and following Jesus Christ - or you will do anything, including referencing the greatest deception of Satan on earth, to score political points.

    Think about it.

    Sincerely,
    In the Lord Jesus Christ,

    Patrick

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