Selective Tolerance in Public Schools


Public schools seem to get caught up in fads every few years. We’ve had Values Clarification, Self-Esteem, No Child Left Behind, Political Correctness, and many other fads. The current fads are diversity and tolerance. But the schools are very selective about their choice of subjects. Currently the schools tell us a lot about the importance of tolerance and open-mindedness; however the schools are very selective about what they are so tolerant about. Somehow, tolerance of Christianity doesn’t seem to make the cut. The liberals criticize almost any symbol of the Christian faith as inappropriate or offensive.

Here’s a recent example. At Clearlake Middle School in Cocoa, Florida, a 15-year-old student was wearing a pro-abstinence T-shirt that she was given at a Christian conference. The school treated her as though she had done something profane or vulgar, publicly humiliated her and forced her to change her shirt.

At the annual convention of the National Education Association held in Atlanta this year, the delegates passed resolutions that place great emphasis on diversity. One resolution is emphatic in demanding the elimination of discrimination and stereotyping based on such factors as race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, disability, ethnicity, immigration status, occupation and religion. Another resolution demands “racial diversity within student populations.”

Parents should realize that the morals of our next generation are under attack daily in public schools. New politically-correct customs and trends fill our schools with gender-neutral and homosexuality counseling, confidential abortion referrals without parental consent, dispensing of condoms and birth control polls also without parental consent. Americans must wake up and take note that schools are praising middle schoolers for donning gay-pride apparel while shaming others for their Christian, pro-life and pro-abstinence beliefs.

Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum, a national radio show host, and a best-selling author.

Used with the permission of Eagle Forum.

The Moral Liberal recommends: Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman’s Crusade (Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America)

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