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.
— My Racist 3-year-old, The Good Men Project
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."
Growing Up Free: Raising Your Child in the 80s by Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Submitted by queer14