DayBreaks for 9/11/19: Folly
From the DayBreaks archive, September 2009:
From www.evangelicalgateway.wordpress.com blog, dated 9/9/09 by Tim Dalrymple:
Bill McGurn (from the Wall Street Journal Opinion Post) has an excellent article on two “Christian Girls, Interrupted.” The first girl, Amanda Kurowski, was ordered by a judge to attend public school because, essentially, the judge determined that the girl should be exposed to ways of thinking other than those of her religious parents. Amanda’s parents are divorced; her mother has primary custody, but her father has been concerned about the effect of home-schooling on her “socialization.” The judge, considering the concerns of the father, proceeded to determine “that Amanda is generally likeable and well liked, social and interactive with her peers, academically promising, and intellectually at or superior to grade level.” (GCD: In other words, she’s socializing just fine, thank you.) Yet due to her mother’s “rigidity on faith,” the court concludes that Amanda “would be best served by exposure to different points of view at a time in her life when she must begin to critically evaluate multiple systems of belief and behavior and cooperation in order to select, as a young adult, which of those systems will best suit her own needs.” In other words, the judge determines, essentially, that she must be sent to public school in order to get away from her mother’s narrow religiosity and be exposed to other worldviews. Pretty extraordinary stuff. As McGurn writes, “Just how extraordinary [this line of reasoning is] might best be appreciated by contemplating the opposite scenario: the reaction that would ensue were a court to order a young girl out of a public school and into an evangelical one so she might gain “exposure” to other “systems of belief.”
Galen’s Thoughts: you know, I’m almost at a loss for words on this one. In his article, Bill McGurn noted that the state motto in New Hampshire is “Live Free or Die”. So much for that.
If there was ever an argument to be made against judges who legislate from the bench, this one seems to be at the top of the list. The judge, even though he decreed that the girl was socializing fine (meaning he should have thrown out the case on the grounds it wasn’t true) decided that in his judgment, she was being brainwashed by a mother who was Christian. So now, the girl has been sent to public school where she will, undoubtedly, be presented with all sorts of godless and unchristian beliefs. I am not advocating home school over public school – I’m deeply disturbed, however, at this attack on freedom of religion and the usurping of the parental authority in this case.
Jesus said there would be times of persecution. Most of us growing up, probably never thought we’d see it in our lifetime in America. Wake up, Christians! It’s on its way!!!!
PRAYER: Father, we pray for Amanda that you would protect her fledgling faith and help her to stand upon the Rock. Help us to understand the attacks that are coming against Christians throughout this country. May we protect the innocent! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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