Religious Freedom in Elementary School


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John R. Houk

© December 1, 2016

 

Just the other day I had a conversation with my 3rd grade grandson about his reading regimen. He was trying to squirm out of his daily reading by telling me he forgot to bring his book from school.

 

I told him to get a book from home. He tried to tell me we didn’t have any. I knew better. So I told him we many versions of the Bible to read.

 

He told me his teacher said he couldn’t read religious books.

 

I said, “Tough! Get a Bible. I’m going to have to talk to your Public School teacher about Religious Freedom in the First Amendment.”

 

My wife saved our grandson’s bacon by assigning something I can’t recall right now. BUT it really chapped my hide that a Public School teacher said reading the Bible was unacceptable.

 

It’s a good thing I didn’t fly-off the handle. I checked my email later in the day and had received an email from the 3rd grade teacher. Lo and behold – she was asking why I hadn’t been turning in my grandson’s reading record.

 

Oops, my bad I had not kept up with that. Reading the email further reading suggestions were included. Guess what. Religious literature was a part of the approved reading. Now the word “Bible” was not used specifically, but as far as I am concerned “religious” included the Bible.

 

I wish my grandson was as bright in doing homework as he is in slipping out of homework.

 

I was thinking about all this Religious Freedom vs. the mythical Separation of Church and State (See Also HERE and HERE)and I ran into the article I am cross posting below from United Families International about preserving Religious Freedom for our children or in our case grandchildren that we are raising.

 

JRH 12/1/16

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PRESERVING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR OUR CHILDREN

 

By Diane Robertson

November 30, 2016

United Families International

 

This week I received an email from Alliance Defending Freedom, a group of lawyers who defend religious freedom, that began thus:

 

“Dear Diane,

 

Do you ever wonder what the future will look like for your children and grandchildren?

 

We live in a world where religious freedom for future generations cannot be assumed. It must be fought for—every day.”

 

As I have studied the issues, written for UFI, discussed the issues with friends, family, and strangers, and written and spoken with lawmakers, I have often thought, “Have we so little compassion for the destinies of our own children that we can feel just about ignoring the destruction of the freedoms we have enjoyed?”

 

There are so many reasons people give to ignore the current erosion of religious freedom– we are too busy; losing our freedom is inevitable; religious freedom marginalizes people with other beliefs; religion itself is bigoted and old fashioned, and so on. The fight for religious freedom is not a friendly fight.

 

It’s true that those on the side of religious freedom are continually disparaged. They are told that their views are based on bigotry and hate for certain groups of people. It’s hard to stand up against such demeaning accusations. And it is certainly not true for most. Most people fighting for religious freedom do so because they believe that everyone should be allowed to live and work according to the dictates of their conscience. They believe in property rights, freedom of belief, and freedom of conscience. They oppose laws that limit the ability of people to live, work, and worship as they believe.

 

In the same email mentioned above, ADF reported that their:

 

“Clients are regular people who were going about their daily business—work, school, church—until they were confronted by a culture intolerant of their faith. A Christian printer faced a boycott and lawsuit because he politely declined to print t-shirts promoting the local ‘pride’ festival. A decorated firefighter was suspended because of a Christian book he wrote in his spare time. A college student was threatened with expulsion because of her Christian beliefs. A church was told that their house of worship is no longer sacred, but just another public accommodation.”

 

These are a few of the ways religious freedom is eroding in North America. It has hit some individuals hard. There are forces working to establish laws that would limit what churches can do in their buildings and even what religious leaders are allowed to preach. There are forces working to regulate private property as if it were public or government property.

 

To help our children and grandchildren enjoy the same freedoms we have enjoyed, we must study the issues, understand current events, and speak up. Losing our religious freedom is only as inevitable as we allow it to be. If enough people act, freedom can still be preserved for the generations to come.

 

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Religious Freedom in Elementary School

John R. Houk

© December 1, 2016

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PRESERVING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR OUR CHILDREN

 

OUR 5-POINT MISSION

Strengthening and defending:

 

Family

Family is the foundational unit of society

 

Marriage

Marriage between a man and woman, is founded on chastity before marriage and fidelity in marriage

 

Life

Life is sacred and should be protected including the life of unborn children.

 

Parents

Parents have the right and obligation to love, protect, provide for and teach their children.

 

Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty emphasizes the right to live our lives according to our religious convictions, and the importance of religion to individuals and society.

Author: oneway2day

I am a Neoconservative Christian Right blogger. I also spend a significant amount of time of exposing theopolitical Islam.

4 thoughts on “Religious Freedom in Elementary School”

  1. Thanks John. Luckily God will unite His people soon 🙂

    1 Thessalonians 4:17 “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

    VIDEO: The Donald, The Rapture and The Family (from 22:30).

    “The Donald Trump Prophecy – End Time Presidential Election 2016”

    Video from here:

    http://christianitybeliefs.org/revelation-timeline-decoded/video/the-donald-trump-prophecy-end-time-presidential-election-2016/

    Blessings
    Jyrki

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    1. We live in the fallen World. We must be awake. I’m no Scientist but I try to be a Realist.

      PASTOR: The Donald = The Ruler of the World. I wonder. Could Donald confirm “The Covenant”?

      A Point Of View

      “Is Donald Trump the Anti-Christ?”

      – Is Donald J. Trump the long-prophesied Beast of Revelation? According to the Bible, the Antichrist will be a charismatic celebrity, a “big talker” and a “smooth talker.” He will convince people that he alone has the solution to every problem. He will claim to be a dealmaker and a master negotiator. He will claim to know how to defend Israel and to create lasting peace in the Middle East, while secretly plotting to betray and destroy Israel. He will be an intimidator and a militant lover of power. He will exalt and magnify himself and claim to be the “only Savior.” He will deceive the masses, even the very elect. Sound like anyone you know? The number 666 is the major sign of the Antichrist. As revealed and explained on this page, the number 666 turns up over and over again in regard to Donald Trump and his family, in truly startling and astounding ways.

      The Top Ten Donald Trump 666 Connections

      * The Trump family bought the most expensive single building ever purchased in the United States, at 666 Fifth Avenue, a street symbolic of money (Mammon), hubris (arrogance) and excess (greed).

      * The Trump family paid $1.8 billion for the most expensive building on record. And 18 = 3*6 = 666. It was purchased through Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.

      * The Trump family is also in the process of building a $666 million tower at One Journal Square. According to multiple reports the height will be 666 feet.

      * Another Trump Fifth Avenue property, the famous Trump Tower, is 203 meters tall according to multiple reports. And 203 meters = 666 feet. Donald Trump lives there in gold-plated opulence on the 66th floor!

      * Donald Trump inherited his grandmother’s real estate empire when she died on June 6, 1966 = 6-6-6. Her name was Elizabeth Christ Trump. The family business name at that time was E. Trump & Son.

      * (Elizabeth means “oath” so her full name may be interpreted as “oath for Christ to be trumped [i.e., outranked, upstaged through trickery].”)

      * The Trump surname is an anglicized version of the German name Drumpf. In Jewish gematria, the value of the letters in Don Drumpf is 666. (Don being both his abbreviated first name and meaning “powerful ruler.”)

      * Donald John Drumpf in American ASCII computer code is 666.
      Trump first made racist remarks about Hispanic immigrants on June 6, 2015 = 6+6+(1+5) = 666. His fearmongering comments about “rapists” and “drug dealers” vaulted him to the top of the polls.

      * On the same date, 6-6-6, speaking to a packed room in Raleigh, NC, Trump announced that the “American dream is dead” and only he can resurrect it. Only he, not even God Almighty, can “make America great again.”

      * Trump announced his candidacy for president on June 16, 2015 = 6+(1*6)+(1+5) = 666.
      The 2016 election was “all Trump all the time” and 2016 = 666+666+666+6+6+6.

      There are more 666 connections later on this page … –

      http://www.thehypertexts.com/Donald%20Trump%20Antichrist%20666.htm

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    2. I’d like to tell my readers. Trying to figure out who the Antichrist might be is waste of time. He’ll be known to the World after the Rapture. I believe that the Holy Ghost within the Believers is the one who withholds.

      2 Thessalonians 2:7 “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.”

      https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/2-Thessalonians-Chapter-2/

      – But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. –

      https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/1-Thessalonians-Chapter-4/

      Revelation 3:10 “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”

      1 Thessalonians 5:9 “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,”

      AMEN

      Jude 1:25 “To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”

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