Thursday, December 02, 2004

Getting Rid of God

Steven Williams is a fifth-grade teacher at Stevens Creek School who has been censored by principal Patricia Vidmar because he is a Christian. Vidmar forced Williams to submit all his lesson plans to her in advance for clearance, and any items containing references to God or Christianity were banned. Banned documents included the Declaration of Independence, and writings by George Washington, Samuel Adams, John Adams, and William Penn. Williams has filed suit, citing the obvious violation of his right to free speech. His lawyer Terry Thompson says:

“It's a fact of American history that our founders were religious men, and to hide this fact from young fifth-graders in the name of political correctness is outrageous and shameful.
Williams wants to teach his students the true history of our country. There is nothing in the Establishment Clause (of the U.S. Constitution) that prohibits a teacher from showing students the Declaration of Independence."

Liberals have been trying to get rid of religion for years, and have now reached a point where they can no longer ignore religion’s role in the foundation of this country. They have a choice: either they can keep this county’s founding principles and religion, or they can banish them both. Unfortunately for some libs, they’ve chosen the latter option, which exposes them.
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At 5:39 PM, Blogger Warner Family Views said...

Hi Republican Dan:
Believe it or not, I share your indignation about the school not allowing the Declaration of Independence or the mention of God in the classroom. Liberal ideology can be an irrational and stupid thing, just like conservative ideology that believes you can bring "democracy" to foreign lands with bombs and missles. By the way, your president got a polite, if not warm reception during his brief visit to Canada. He even told some good Canadian jokes, eh. But he broke protocol when he publicly brought up the missile defence issue after an earlier agreement not to raise it publicly. But Prime Minister Martin reminded the president that Canada is a soverign nation and will make its own defence decisions, thank you very much. And Martin also knows that if he supported the Star Wars crazyness at least a coupe dozen of his own MP's would vote against him.
Remind your president Republican Dan that Canadians don't like being taken for granted.
Gerry Warner

At 11:20 AM, Blogger allen said...

What would be irrational and stupid about believing bombs and missiles can bring democracy, quotated or otherwise, to a country? The democracies that resulted from the bombs and missiles used in World War II might not fit in the with idealistic presumption that violence never solves anything but there they are anyway.

As to the dustup in question, what's the problem? If the principal is the person who has the final say-so over what's taught and how it's taught then anyone who disagrees gets shown the door. Under the assumption that that is the case, I don't see that Steven Williams has any more of legal or ethical case then did the PATCO strikers that Reagan fired.

If you're upset with the principal for exercising her authority then you're upset about one of two things: either you think someone more to your liking ought to be in charge, so that your views will be dealt with more sympathetically or you don't think the principal should be able to exert this sort of authority over the teacher.

I suspect it's the former since the latter proposition requires calling into question the hierarchical nature of school organization.

At 9:22 PM, Blogger Lester said...

Liberals rants about equality, but there is no equality without God. All men are CREATED equal.

At 6:54 AM, Blogger allen said...

Yeah, but the laws of man, specifically the Constitution, actually attempt to guarantee equality.

At 2:42 PM, Blogger Clayton said...

The problem, Allen, is that this is a public school, and so the principal acts under color of state law. The principal, therefore, cannot violate the First Amendment rights of others as incorporated against the States by the reconstruction amendments. If this were a private school there would be no problem. The principal would simply face the market consequences of her decisions.

At 8:16 AM, Blogger allen said...

Oh sure, the First Amendment applies to a teacher on the job because it's a public school and not a private school. Guess again.

It's an empolyer-employee relationship regardless of whether the employer is a school district. That being the case, the First Amendment doesn't apply.

At 2:32 PM, Blogger Andrew Persons said...

Allen, of course the First Amendment applies. This is a government-run institution. People have used the Establishment Clause to force prayer and other elements of religion from government schools. It's absolutely absurd to argue that it's a private business situation.

This is another reason why the idea of government schools is such a bad one. It's impossible to separate curriculum from ideology. Let all schools be privately run, and let market forces go to work. Parents could decide where to send their children, and the schools would be autonomous.


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