April 27, 2007

Assault With a Ham Steak in Lewiston, Maine (pt2)

I mentioned in my last commentary the bright Lewiston, middle-schooler who placed a ham steak on the lunch table of some Somali students and how the Lewiston police are investigating it as a "hate crime." So if you place a rose by a nice looking girl who doesn't appreciate the attention is it a love crime?

What this state ignores are the truly degrading and hurtful incidences Christian children experience with some regularity.

Children who have earned the right give their valedictory address have had their speeches sanitized or prohibited for references to God; young children who have brought in their favorite book to read as was the assignment given by their teacher, were told they couldn't read it to the class like all their classmates, because it mentioned God--heaven forbid. And innocent little Christian children have had their hand made posters ripped down (another teacher given assignment) because it contained a cross or some other Christian symbol. And these "crimes" are being perpetrated by adults who hold authority over the children, not by some playground bullies they can ignore or wallop. (That's right; sometimes there really is no better solution than to take definitive action. I had to put up with 2 long years of harassment in high school by Phil Radtke who incessantly harangued and taunted me. One little 10 minute jousting match finally settled it from that day forward.)

Even the liberally biased CNN had Lou Dobbs interviewing the Lewiston Superintendent incredulously asking, "Mr. Superintendent, do you have any sense of proportion? These are children, you're supposed to be educating and one would hope imparting some wisdom and discipline. This is ridiculous."

Thank you Mr. Dobbs. It's worse than ridiculous; it is absolute lunacy and it needs to be stopped but its not just Maine.

Portland Oregon's, "third grader Kelli Bobst auditioned for a talent show at Mount Scott Elementary School with a rendition of 'God's Love Is for You.' Her music teacher told her that she could not sing that song unless other religions were mentioned in it as well."

Unlike so many Christian parents who just roll over, Kelli's mom contacted legal services. The school quickly back peddled but no one ever said anything about the hurt and the humiliation that little girl experienced as those in authority over her disrespected her precious faith.

Hate crimes? Give me a break. When a Muslim Terrorist blows his car up with his own (presumed) little children in it, with the intention of killing some non-Muslim infidels nearby, that's a hate crime.

(cf. "Maj. Gen. Michael Barbero, deputy director for regional operations on the Joint Staff, said . . . the vehicle used in the attack [on Iraqi civilians] was waved through a U.S. military checkpoint because two children were visible in the back seat. He said this was the first reported use of children in a car bombing in Baghdad. 'Children in the back seat lowered suspicion, (so) we let it move through, they parked the vehicle, the adults run out and detonate it with the children in the back,' Barbero told reporters in Washington.")

I'm telling you it's getting nasty out there to be a Christian. Jesus warned us but we didn't, and still don't believe Him. And I'm telling you, we are going to need a LOT of prayer and grace not to respond in kind to these situations which promise to escalate against us making it all the more important to be in a support system called a church, a church unified and strong.


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