My wife and I took three teen girls from Union Baptist Church to Washington D.C. Jan. 19-22. We took them to the inauguration of President George W. Bush on Sat. and participated in the pro-life march Mon. The trip counts as a field trip for their home school record.
On the morning of Jan. 23 I heard that the Dayton School Superintendent agreed to remove, "We believe in God," from their strategic plan belief statement. I thought about the contrast of that with what I saw around the inauguration of our newly elected president.
Congressman Tony Hall reserved 5 tickets for the inauguration and we went to his office on Sat. morning to pick up the tickets. Our tickets were right out front of the inauguration ceremonies. We met Congressman Hall; he told us that he tries to read the bible every morning and that Jesus is the most important person in his life. After we braced the jam-packed crowd for 1-½ hours, we arrived to our ticked place. The convocation and benediction were pronounced in the name of Jesus and President Bush (I love saying that) used the bible as a source of illustrations during his inaugural address. I heard amens, hallelujahs and praise the Lords during the inaugural speech. The various buildings and monuments have references to God engraved in the walls. Congressman Hall passed out copies of the constitution and Declaration of Independence. Those two documents make it clear that our country was built on recognition of God’s authority. I could not help contrast that with the extreme left’s insistence that state schools should be godless.
The small vocal group of protestors with their ridiculous, venomous signs of hate and divisiveness were to be pitied. They did not understand how misguided and uninformed their signs were; they were merely dupes of the radical left’s victimology propaganda.
President Bush’s first week in office met with more protest than his inauguration. It seems to me that the liberal extremists think that because the election was close that he should implement Gore’s agenda. Even though American’s are tired of spending tax money for the killing of pre-born babies, the hard left is trying to accuse the president of courting the Christian right because he has cut off funding of those organizations who pay for the slaughter of the innocents in other countries. The militant liberal accuses President Bush of having no compassion because he has cut funding violence against unborn children.
Even though the ultra left wing senator Ted Kennedy endorses most of President Bush’s education agenda the fanatic liberal teacher’s union oppose his education plan. Think about it, his plan is built around parental rights and learning for children. They think it audacious of him to expect state schools to teach children to read. I think his plan, of which I heartily approve, is very moderate and conciliatory. His plan gives schools 3 years to demonstrate they are educating children. His plan insists on 3rd graders being able to read. If a school fails, then he will implement a voucher program that gives parents freedom to select a school that will educate their children. Parents could use that voucher at a school of their choice, even a nearby state school. Only the most unthinking, uncaring, and ardent socialist thinks it radical for parents to raise their children.
Yours for Parental Rights
charles j. arnett