Culture Warriors in Action

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Oct 052006

The Denver Channel:

An award-winning Texas art teacher who was reprimanded after one of her fifth-grade students saw a nude sculpture during a trip to a museum has lost her job.

The school board in Frisco has voted not to renew Sydney McGee’s contract after 28 years. She has been on administrative leave.

The teacher took her students on an approved field trip to a Dallas museum, and now some parents are upset. Read on…


A suburban county that sparked a public outcry when its libraries temporarily eliminated funding for Spanish-language fiction is now being asked to ban Harry Potter books from its schools.

Laura Mallory, a mother of four, told a hearing officer for the Gwinnett County Board of Education on Tuesday that the popular fiction books are an “evil” attempt to indoctrinate children in the Wicca religion.Board of Education attorney Victoria Sweeny said that if schools were to remove all books containing reference to witches, they would have to ban “Macbeth” and “Cinderella.”  Read on…

Two weeks ago at Caney Creek High School, a tenth grade English class was given “Fahrenheit 451” as a reading assignment. But Diana Verm stopped after a few pages. She said she was offended by “the cussing in it and the burning of the Bible.”

Diana complained to her father. She was given an alternate reading assignment, but her dad is pushing the issue. It is ironic in the truest sense that a fictional book on book banning is now the target of a request to remove it from school curriculum.

“With God’s name in vain being in there, that’s the number one reason,” said Diana’s father Alton Verm. “There’s no reason for it being read.”  Read on…

I really find hard to fathom the frightened little world in which parents like these live.

The Cure For All The Ills And Wrongs

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Apr 292006

The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and the crimes of humanity, all lie in the one word ‘love’. It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life. –Lydia Maria Child

It really just can’t get any more obvious than this. Ms. Child is reminding that if we approach life and the people in our world from a place of love, then all the bad things in life really would go away.

For those of us of the Christian persuasion, Jesus was absolutely clear about this. In the 22nd Chapter of the Book of Matthew. Jesus was challenged by the Pharisee?s to define the Greatest Commandment. In verse 34 he responded, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the first and greatest commandment.? Jesus didn?t stop there. Without missing a beat he went on to say in verse 39, And the second is like it: ?Love your neighbor as yourself.

In verse 40, just to be sure the dense Pharisees of that time (and maybe for some people of today) got the message, Jesus goes on to say, All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

While we like to get all wrapped around the spokes over theology and biblical interpretation, I think that we could do away with all that, and all the rest of the Bible, and if we all just devoted our lives to trying to live out those two commandments, we’d stay busy.