Schools: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ bad, shahada good

Charlie Brown Christmas

For a glimpse into the politically-correct minds of school administrators in the U.S., one simply needs to consider two stories concurrently unfolding in the news cycle.

In one instance a Kentucky public school district cuts any reference to Christianity during a theatrical version of A Charlie Brown Christmas. In the other, a Virginia school district defends a calligraphy lesson prompting students to write: “There is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

America 2015: Linus Van Pelt is too dangerous for the minds of elementary school children, but the shahada — the Muslim statement of faith — can be an official assignment given to high school students.

calligraphy VA school

Fox News reported Wednesday:

A Virginia school district is defending a classroom assignment that required students to practice calligraphy by writing the Muslim statement of faith, “There is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

Female students at Riverheads High School in Augusta County, Virginia, were also invited to wear Muslim clothing — a story first reported by The Schilling Show. …

“Neither these lessons, nor any other lesson in the world geography course, are an attempt at indoctrination to Islam or any other religion, or a request for students to renounce their own faith or profess any belief,” the district said in a statement provided to Fox News.

Students were also asked to try wearing traditional Islamic attire as “a part of an interactive lesson about the Islamic concept of modest dress.”

The district asserts that the teacher — who knew exactly what she was having students write — was merely asking her class to explore Arabic’s “artistic complexity.”

Meanwhile, Johnson County Schools in Paintsville, Kentucky, are adamant that a rendition of A Charlie Brown Christmas is tantamount to endorsing religion.

WSAZ reported Superintendent Tom Salyer’s statement Wednesday:

Superintendent Tom Salyer said the district received a complaint last week about the play having religious references.

The district then announced it would remove any religious references from all of its Christmas plays. …

Salyer gave WSAZ this statement:

“As superintendent of Johnson County Schools, I recognize the significance of Christmas and the traditions and beliefs associated with this holiday. Over the past few days, there have been several rumors indicating that there would be no Christmas plays this year at our elementary schools. I want to clarify that all programs will go on as scheduled. In accordance with federal law, our programs will follow appropriate regulations. The U.S. Supreme Court and the 6th Circuit are official capacities and during school activities. However, our district is fully committed to promote the spirit of giving and concern for our fellow citizens that help define the Christmas holiday. With core values such as service, integrity, leadership, and commitment, our staff and students will continue to proudly represent our district as recently demonstrated by our many student successes.”

Got that? Schools can have Christmas plays — provided the holiday’s core inspiration, the birth of Christ, is never directly or indirectly addressed.

In the same month that an Islamic terror attack killed 14 and wounded 21 in San Bernardino, California, high school students are asked to practice writing ,“There is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah,” but a classic Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon is somehow deemed a violation of federal law. Classic.

This is why home-schooling looks increasingly attractive to young parents with each passing year.


Obama on community college: ‘Free’ stuff! ‘Free’ stuff! Get your ice-cold ‘free’ stuff!

President Obama has a brand new idea that sounds like most of his old ideas: he wants to make something “free” for millions of people. Even though the U.S. is $18 trillion in debt and money doesn’t grow on “free” trees in Washington, D.C., (the last time I checked, money had to be collected from taxpayers to fund the government, but someone can correct me if I’m wrong), Mr. Obama wants the first two years of community college to be “free” for anyone who chooses to explore that option.

Politico reported Thursday:

President Barack Obama will need the approval of Congress to realize his proposal for making two years of community college free for students.

So far, that plan doesn’t have an official price tag — other than “significant,” according to White House officials. If all 50 states participate, the proposal could benefit 9 million students each year and save students an average of $3,800 in tuition, the White House said. …

“What I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for it,” Obama said in a White House video posted Thursday evening. “It’s something we can accomplish, and it’s something that will train our workforce so that we can compete with anybody in the world.”

Here’s a little background on yours truly. When I got out of the military, I wanted to go to the University of Southern California. These days, tuition will cost a student roughly $64,000 per year. In my day, yearly tuition was roughly $35,000. The point is this: it’s expensive.

What did I do? I, as a former infantryman already wrestling with the belief that people thought I was stupid, swallowed my pride and signed up at a local community college. I took a job working the night shift at Target stocking shelves. A counselor at the community college asked me for my goal. When I told her I was going to transfer to USC, she literally burst out laughing. She told me — without having any information on my intelligence or background — that I might want to “reevaluate” my plans. I walked out of her office and vowed that I would get into USC and shove the acceptance letter down her throat. Less than two years later I received an acceptance letter in the mail, but instead of circling back with the woman in dramatic fashion I bought a plane ticket to Los Angeles and never looked back. Regular readers of this blog know where things went from there…

The moral of the story is that sometimes the biggest opportunities for personal growth come from the obstacles we must traverse. I learned valuable life lessons that benefit me to this day from the struggles I faced in my early twenties. Perseverance, fiscal responsibility, the value of hard work, never losing sight of the big picture, endurance, and the ability to apply a laser-like focus when necessary are just some of things that come to mind when I think of that period in my life.

The kind of liberalism espoused by President Obama is insulting. Individuals are supposed to embrace public policy meant for infants and invalids. The soothing salve of another man’s money is supposed to ease an individual’s mind and prepare him for the challenge of becoming who he is truly meant to be, when in fact all that it offers is spiritual atrophy.

Nothing is life is ever “free.” The push for “free” higher education is not an act of kindness, but a surreptitious way to create a soul-sucking umbilical cord around the necks of young voters. The worst part about making community college “free” won’t be the spike in tuition (yes, schools will hike prices on all services if it is established that the federal government will cover three-fourths of each bill), but the changes to the national psyche when individuals view it as the State’s job to clear all major life hurdles from their field of vision.