Friday, June 16, 2006

Southern Baptists ... A "moderate" resolution?

Tim Whitmire of the AP turns up in The Seattle Times with "Baptist leaders reject school-exit plan" reporting

The proposal, offered by Roger Moran of Troy, Mo., and Texas author Bruce Shortt, came as many of the nation's 16.2 million Southern Baptists are concerned about how classrooms are handling topics such as homosexuality and intelligent design.

Instead of putting the exit strategy before delegates to the Baptists' annual meeting, the denomination's resolutions committee called on members to "engage the culture of our public-school systems" by exerting "godly influence," including standing for election to local school boards.

Those ideas were part of a more moderate resolution overwhelmingly approved Wednesday at the final session of the meeting. Delegates also approved a resolution urging school districts to accommodate parents and churches wishing to provide off-campus biblical instruction during the school day.

Moran called the two resolutions "one more sign we're moving in the right direction."

The public-schools issue has simmered for several years. A resolution similar to the one offered by Moran and Shortt failed to pass two years ago. Delegates at last year's annual meeting approved a resolution urging parents and churches "to exercise their rights to investigate diligently the curricula, textbooks and programs in our community schools."

The proposal from Moran and Shortt complained that curricula teaching "the homosexual lifestyle is acceptable" are being implemented in schools. It also criticized a court ruling last year that banned a Pennsylvania school system's classroom mention of intelligent design, the notion that life is so complex it must have been created by a higher intelligence.

"Get a brain" indeed. The court ruling came from a Bu$h appointee, understood to be a church going Christian, who felt enough outrage at the foolishness in Dover PA that he blasted the "godly influence" that these school board members had exerted. Read, I do hope reading can be accomplished here, the "thinking" of Mr. Shortt expressed on wing nut World Net Daily. Here is the most extreme,

... Contrary to what many Christians have been led to believe, there is no such thing as a 'neutral' education," Shortt writes. "All education is religious and conveys a worldview, and there is no more important decision that we make as parents than how we educate our children."

Continues Shortt: "Unfortunately, Christian parents allow an aggressively anti-Christian institution to form the minds of their children, and the fruit of that choice is bitter. The overwhelming majority of children from evangelical families leave the church within two years after they graduate from high school; only 9 percent of evangelical teens believe that there is any such thing as absolute moral truth; and, our children are being forcibly indoctrinated to believe that homosexual behavior is acceptable." ...

"All education is religious" and "forcibly indoctrinated"? "Good grief, there he goes again!" as was written by my true believer sister just recently. Returning to Mr. Moran, according to one article I ran across, has home schooled his almost ten kids. He was at least fruitful and multiplied is seems. That these wing nuts are "messengers" speaks loudly I'd argue for this denomination.

Yet another reason to reject the radicalism and lack of reason in the Southern Baptist denomination. By the way, the above image allegedly comes from the "You Don't Speak for Me Cindy" bus tour effort of Move American Forward. Despite what "Crazy As A Run Over Dog" Ann Coulter has suggested, in as tasteless and outrageous a manner as possible, while marketing her "Godless : The Church of Liberalism", approved by America's Best Christian Betty Bowers, it appears that the Reich Wing is perfectly willing to confront ideas they disagree with such as those expressed by Cindy Sheehan.

The guy holding the "Get a Brain Morans" sign was also holding a "Go USA" sign. Go where is uncertain yet I do fear we are heading in the direction of the Morans. Peace ... or War!