Friday, November 26, 2004

Infantile Atheism, or Just Clumsy?

"A California teacher has been barred by his school from giving students documents from American history that refer to God - including the Declaration of Independence.

"Steven Williams, a fifth-grade teacher at Stevens Creek School in [naturally...] the San Francisco Bay area suburb of Cupertino, sued for discrimination on Monday, claiming he had been singled out for censorship by principal Patricia Vidmar because he is a Christian.

"'It's a fact of American history that our founders were religious men, and to hide this fact from young fifth-graders in the name of political correctness is outrageous and shameful,' said Williams' attorney, Terry Thompson. 'Williams wants to teach his students the true history of our country,' he said. 'There is nothing in the Establishment Clause (of the U.S. Constitution) that prohibits a teacher from showing students the Declaration of Independence.'"

I don't know whether to rip Vidmar or laugh at her. Leaving aside her obvious attempt to impose her atheism on Mr. Williams and her school - does she really think that such numbskulled ham-fistedness is going to aid her cause from a PR standpoint? Teachers can't even show their students the Declaration of Independence??? For, well, God's sake, the Declaration was written by Thomas Jefferson - you know, the guy who first coined the phrase "Separation of Church and state". Vidmar and people like her may want to remake America into a heathen "blue" state utopia, but to attempt to cover up the nation's "red" state origins in such blatant fashion just makes her, and them, look all the stupider. It's not much above sticking their fingers in their students' ears and humming at the top of their lungs.

It's also very Sovietesque in its motivations. One cannot "transform" a society without first cutting it off from its own history that weighs against such transformations.

Happily for the forces of good, Vidmar's banning from her school's classrooms the Declaration of Independence, George Washington's journal, John Adams' diary, Samuel Adams' The Rights of the Colonists" and William Penn's The Frame of Government of Pennsylvania has been so manifestly unsubtle that it can only fuel a further revival of the teaching of true American history, Christian trappings and all.

Looks like the devil's legions had better start planning for mass book burnings, because they're losing the spin war, and badly.