At what point is it religious censorship or religious bullying.

Guilford County moms want reading list criteria changed.

I can understand censoring what our children read, even as teenagers. And for schools to require reading of a novel that verges on pornography and is anti-religious…. But claiming that Christians are being bullies in one of the most fundamentalist Christian states in the union is a bit ludicrous, isn’t it?

http://myfox8.com/2012/11/01/guilford-county-moms-want-reading-list-criteria-changed/?hpt=us_bn8

8 thoughts on “At what point is it religious censorship or religious bullying.”

  1. There is a movement by Christian Fundamentalists to attack the trend of new anti-bullying laws as being some kind of pro-homo agenda. I think that is TOTAL BUNK and I stridently support the anti-bully trend.

    However, I would agree that what we have here is different.

    Should high school students be presented material that challenges the views that parents strive to instill in their children?

    That how I would ask the essential question here in a culturally neutral manner.

    To flip things around… Here in America, should there be material on a high school reading syllabus that would be similarly challenging and difficult for, say, the children of a practicing Muslim family?

    There should be a certain amount of leeway for teachers AND parents. Controversial books should neither be banned nor required… and students and their parents should be free to recloose themselves of material that is objectionable. Why not? Don't we already take a similar approach to sex ed?

      1. I dunno. depends on where we are talking about. that notion suggests that laws are what is needed to improve the situation.

        this just happened weeks ago on Staten Island. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/26/nyregion/suicid

        do laws help in some way? Maybe force parents to think twice about the behavior of their asshole children, and the repercussions? Maybe we have the right level of laws (in some places, doubtfully for others), but time needs to pass so that the concept of "too much bullying" actually sinks into out thick-headed culture?

        1. I see so many things wrong with this story, the first of which is this statement;

          "Felicia had reported the taunts to an administrator, who arranged mediation sessions between Felicia and the boys she said were harassing her."

          Arrange a session?! Bullshit, pull those snot-nosed, stuck-up punks out of class, call their parents and hold them until the parents arrive, then start your session! If it is found that they did bully the girl, KICK their sorry asses off the football team! Oh, but the school was more concerned about their undefeated record and some punks getting scholarships than the life changing effects these snobbish bastards were having on this girl. I hope the administration, the punks involved, and the parents of the little bastards all go to jail and have a long sultry romance with Bubba before the general population takes matters into their own hands. Harming a child, or allowing a child to come to harm isn't tolerated in THAT culture, maybe the "civilized" citizens should take that lesson from the prison culture.

          The only thing I hate worse than child abuse, is bullying/terrorizing a child before the abuse.

    1. I think there is also a trend by Christian fundamentalist to claim that they are being bullied because of their religion anytime anyone tries to assert their religious rights, if that person isn't a Christian. Remember, we have freedom of religion, as long as it is my religion that is free from hearing about your (sarc).

      Point is, how can Christians as a whole claim to be bullied by society and government when most of the "national" holidays, when the government and businesses and schools are shut down to celebrate, are Christian holidays? I had to work on Samhain this year just like every other year, as did most Muslims on their holidays, if we jump up and down about being bullied we are accused of attacking Christians. That only makes since in a society that is trying to put on religion over all others while making it seem that they are the law abiding ones. Government sponsored Christian holidays are unconstitutional, but seeing that the majority of people would take the day(s) off it makes fiscal since to shut down and save money. But then when the fundamentalist get upset because it is called winter break instead of Christmas break, they claim the nation is bullying them. They need to get over it, they are not the only religion out there.

      1. I think there is also a trend by Christian fundamentalist to claim that they are being bullied because of their religion anytime anyone tries to assert their religious rights, if that person isn't a Christian. Remember, we have freedom of religion, as long as it is my religion that is free from hearing about your (sarc).

        I am glad that I didn't try to explain my view of this… because I see you described it pretty well. (My approach was just the plain old goose & gander juxtaposition – see above.)

        But anyway, yes, its surprising how sensitive to so called "bullying" some are… who really are on the side that does a lot of bullying.

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