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William G. said...
I am a Baptist minister in your area. Why does your daughter expect her teacher to ignore Christmas?
My daughter doesn't expect her teacher to ignore Christmas entirely. Neither do my husband and I, for that matter. Christmas is a great idea for a holiday: we're all for humans taking a day off and sharing that day exchanging thanks and gifts with family members. We're all for getting together as a family and spending time with mixed generations. It builds family bonds and makes for great memories.
You do realize that you are living in the United States of America and that the teacher has just as much right to talk about faith as you do to turn your daughter into an atheist.
Yes! I'm well aware that we live in the USA. I'm actually incredibly proud of the fact that I'm an American and, as such, entitled to believe as I see fit. But, I would disagree with your suggestion that her teacher has the right to use the classroom as a pulpit and actively discourage my daughter from discovering her spiritual path. In my opinion, her teacher overstepped the bounds of constitutionally protected speech when she erroniously informed my daughter that atheists couldn't be caring people. That was just pure nonsense and it exposed the teacher's true motivation: to air her unenlightened and false perception of what she believed atheists to be. She does not have the right to give my daughter religious instruction.
Which I find to be morally reprehensible, how can you deny your child the beauty of God and His promises? How can you deny your children the love that comes from choosing Christ?
Prove to me that choosing God/Christ automatically results in the gift of love. From what I have seen, choosing God often burdens the child with a misplaced sense of guilt and emotional blackmail. How can I deny my child the beauty of God? Simple: I expose her to the beauty of the world and the love of her family. Our world is wonderfully complex and beautiful even without a belief in God. In fact, I would counter argue that you are denying your children the full appreciation of the natural world by automatically ascribing every awe inspiring phenomena to an unproven, superstitious creator. There's plenty of beauty in understanding the natural world and the science of that world.
The love that comes from "choosing Christ" also comes with a heavy burden of manipulation, guilt, suspension of rational thought, and powerlessness. I'm sorry if you can't, as a parent, understand why I might choose to free my children from such archaic and unnecessary emotional trauma.
It's obvious that your daughter is already lost. You will allow her to spin off in to the darkness of atheism and all of those consequences? I will pray for your daughter and for your family and that your "smart" children will see that there choices are not smart and that all of the wisdom in the world can not by you the love that comes from simply accepting Jesus Christ into your heart.
My daughter is far from lost. In fact, she's one of the most grounded pre-teens that I have the priveledge of knowing. The consequences of hell and eternal darkness are only threats if one subscribes to the belief in God in the first place. Yes... it's so awful that I have freed my children of the constant burden of feeling less than adequate and emotional blackmail.