Dear Mr. Huckabee,

…I want to suggest that you visit your local public school before passing such judgment in the future. If you visited a neighborhood elementary school like Sandy Hook, or any public school for that matter, you would see that God’s presence and the teachings of Jesus Christ are well represented by the works of the people in those buildings. Now perhaps His presence isn’t seen in the way you want – there aren’t readings from the Bible (or any other religious texts for that matter) and the Ten Commandments aren’t posted in classrooms (nor are the Pillars of Islam, actually), but His presence and teachings are instead practiced, demonstrated, and felt. You see, Mr. Huckabee, if you visited the schools you quickly denounce for removing your symbols of God, you’d find that His work actually takes places there every day…

Mr. Huckabee, why are you… saddened that children aren’t taught Biblical parables instead of uplifted by the miracles that occur in schools every day? If you don’t see God in the efforts and works of schools and educators, I’m afraid you’re not really looking.

You see, Mr. Huckabee, schools don’t need to preach the Gospel or read the Bible every day to bring God into the classroom. He never left.

"Children’s television does a fair job at introducing diversity; with shows like “Dora the Explorer” and “Ni Hao Kai Lan,” kids are introduced to the concept of different languages and skin colors. But then again, television also teaches kids that dogs talk and purple dinosaurs get all huggy when you share."

— My Racist 3-year-old, The Good Men Project

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Abbott Handerson Thayer ( 1849 – 1921)

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Abbott Handerson Thayer ( 1849 – 1921)

"She texted me and said something like ‘They kicked me out,’ and I made a joke, ‘What, are you pregnant?’ and she said, ‘No, worse. I’m gay,’" said Lodovico.

The coach said she immediately got on the phone to see if the decision could be reversed, but no.

"She’s a fantastic kid," said Lodovico. "My reaction was: ‘Wow. Your God’s really small.’ Whether it’s a sin or not, take that out of the picture, and this is still wrong. I think God’s up there shaking His head going, ‘Really? Really?’

A Facebook friend of mine posted this link to a Time Magazine article about Elmhurst College, which is now asking applicants “Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community?”  The university says the question is being used to determine eligibility for certain scholarships.

It seemed odd that they had worded this question “are you part of the LGBT community?” rather than “are you LGBT?”

It got me to thinking about this expression “the LGBT community.”  Can straights be part of “the gay community?”  Are gay hermits part of the community?  Do you  have to actually “commune” with others to be in it? 

Now that the military, on which the Boy Scouts was modeled, allows gay and lesbians to serve openly, it seems to me that it is time for the Boy Scouts to revisit its charter.  “We are only doing what it says in our guidelines” has an easy fix.  You can change the guidelines.

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When Denise Steele became a den leader for her son’s Boy Scout troop six years ago, she told the scoutmaster she was a lesbian. It was fine. She helped the troop win awards. All was well.

Recently, an assistant scoutmaster learned Steele has a lesbian partner. He “kindly advised” that she be removed from her position and referred instead to Jesus Christ, to learn about redemption.

Then, according to Steele and Funk, Inabinett skipped the normal protocol of speaking to the committee and the district, choosing instead to go directly to the top and asking the Boy Scouts of America to remove Steele from her position.

They did.

Since “open homosexuality” is considered “inconsistent with the values” of the Boy Scouts of America organization, a representative from the troop’s charter organization — the relatively conservative Christian Fellowship Church — said Steele’s removal was a matter of following the rules. “We are simply doing what we agreed to do in our charter,” said Esther Schaeffer.


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But how will my son know he’s a boy unless he learns all the ways he’s different from a girl?” and vice versa. “

But my daughter might turn out masculine if we don’t teach her to be feminine.” and vice versa.

In a society that favors either/or simplifications, such concerns make sense. But stop and think for a moment and they become suspect: Why do sex differences alone inspire such paranoia? Parents show absolutely no concern about teaching children about everything else they’re different from. No one asks, “How will my son know he’s different from a dog, or my daughter know she’s a person, not a houseplant?” No one worries that without intervention children might think they are chairs.

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Growing Up Free: Raising Your Child in the 80s by Letty Cottin Pogrebin

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"We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons … but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters."

— Gloria Steinem (via fuckyeahfeministartandliterature)

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"Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in a different time."

— Rabindranath Tagore (via warebooks)

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