Posts Tagged ‘Religion’


January 13, 2015

I cannot definitely identify the original source of this article because it can be found on many blog sites and news sources throughout the Internet without attribution to the writer. That said, according to an article by Tim Brown titled, “Public School Forces Girls to Follow Islamic Dress Code!” there might be cause for concern.

As I read the piece, my first thought was that coercing young girls to act like Muslims is wrong. However, as read on, I allowed myself the opportunity to see both sides of this argument. If this were a trip to a Mosque for indoctrination, I could understand the outrage. However, I refuse to be led by the phrasing of any source, be it from the left or the right, or if it is what I want to hear or opposing my beliefs. That is not to say I do not have strong opinions about many subjects.

The drawing card for above linked essay is in the following few sentences.

THERE IS A DRESS CODE FOR THIS TRIP: All students must wear appropriate long pants. Ankles must be covered. Girls must bring wide scarves or hooded sweatshirts for the mosque.

There should be no objection to showing respect at all venues attended on a field trip.  The portion that is easily missed is the following.

The world religions field trip is next Tuesday, January 13. We will be visiting the Denver Mosque, the Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and the Rodef-Shalom Synagogue. We will then eat lunch at Park Meadows Food Court. Students must either bring a sack lunch or money to purchase lunch at the food court.

This is a WORLD RELIGIONS field trip. There is much more to be concerned about beyond the kids entering a Mosque and hearing a little bit about one particular religion. Yes, the whole premise of the trip might be an indoctrination course for Islam. However, in reading the whole article, it doesn’t sound much like that. Some of the stories linked below this one are much scarier.

After reading this and similar articles, the questions I pose are: If there is such a barking about “separation of church and state” by the liberal educators, why is any religion or place of assembly and directed worship even in the curriculum? Is this the only scheduled field trip? Why are only these three religious sects considered? What about a Buddist Temple, a Catholic Church, Methodist and Baptist and Pentacostal churches? Why are the students, against the progressive principles of public education, being exposed to some but not even a well rounded look at religions? After all, this is professed to be a World Religions course.

Perhaps a more extensive look at religions might show how anti-female, angry, hateful, brutal and domineering one religion really is. Either that or let Christmas break and Easter week be so called once again and let Johnny bow his head on the playground.

Public education contradictions continue to astound me.



August 23, 2014

There have been a few stories making national headlines lately about restauranteurs offering discounts for religious patrons. Perhaps you’ve seen some of them.

North Carolina Diner Offers Customers 15 Percent Discount for ‘Praying in Public’

Taking a moment to pray, meditate or simply reflect on the value of your life saves you 15% on your meal at Mary’s Gourmet Restaurant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Atheists Bully Arkansas Pizza Shop for Offering Discount to Churchgoers

Bring a bulletin from any church, synagogue, temple, mosque or other legitimate house of worship to Bailey’s Pizza in Searcy, Arkansas and a 10% discount will be applied to your tab.

Our tolerant friends at Freedom From Religion take offense at these discounts because they choose not to believe. They claim the discounts are discriminatory against atheists. The discounts might be discriminatory against stupid people in general, but not necessarily just atheists.

You see, even an atheist could sit down and lower their head or stare at the wall for a moment and receive a 15% discount at Mary’s. No employee will request a prayer transcript. And, there is no mandatory attendance at a house of worship to receive a discount at Bailey’s either. All one has to do is stop by the front door of a church and take a bulletin out of the display on their way to get a bite of pizza. If an atheist fears proximity to a church, he or she could ask a neighbor or friend for one, should they have a friend other than another atheist.

Really, for the truly unhappy and/or chemically depressed, there are other things that you can protest or bring to the overburdened courts. There are senior discounts everywhere that might be opposed by the young and ignorant. There are discounts available for military and veterans to which the weak and timid might object. Having a membership to an auto club might get you a bit better rate at a motel. Not having a towing service might be right for you, though.

Shoot! To stand up against the anti-gun lobby, Langtry Cafe in Brownsdale, Minnesota offers a two tier discount for gun owners every Thursday. Show them a CCW and you get 15% off your bill. Display a sidearm on your hip and receive a 25% reduction in your tab. If you don’t own a gun, that’s your choice.

Additionally, there are talented people who earn a living with their abilities. Singing, carpentry, painting, baking, computer programming, athletics all bring in handsome earnings. Perhaps suing a capable individual for doing well might be on someone’s bucket list.

Unhappy people will always try to bring others down to their level. However, these are the very people who shouldn’t be allowed the gun discount at the Langtry Cafe.


April 24, 2011

Reasonable liberals join conservatives in the condemnation of China for arresting Christians who choose to express their religious beliefs on Easter.  The same folks then turn their heads and cry out, “Take the words In God We Trust off our currency because they no longer have relevance”, and “Get religion out of our schools”, and “It’s not Christmas break, it is winter break”.

The U.S. President appoints Czars who build bureaucracies and write and enforce “regulations” outside of the powers granted by the Constitution and the balance built into our system by the three branches of government.  To pay for the increased government, he wants to take the earnings of the wealthy and financial middle class in bits and pieces until everyone is dependent on Washington D.C. for subsistence.

China calls their figure head “President”, we call ours “President”.   China has dynasties.  We have ACORN, SEIU, AFL/CIO, et al …  How far can we be from one party authoritarian rule?