Banning Bibles in schools: Beware of double standards |

Banning Bibles in schools: Beware of double standards

C.L. Giles, Breckenridge

I do not understand the uproar that distributing Bibles at the middle and high schools has caused. I think that if anyone’s personal opinions differed from anything the Bible says they would want their children to read it so they can teach their children discernment. Let’s be careful of our double standards. We, as a county and nation, pride ourselves on being free thinkers and teaching our children to be the same. If we don’t allow our children access to books or ideas that are different from our own, we are not really teaching them to be free thinkers and discerners, are we? When the controversial Harry Potter books, written in the setting of witchcraft, came out, many spent money and time to get their children those books. For some, the euphoria of children actually taking an interest in reading overrode paying attention to actual content. But when the Bible, a book that emphasizes love for fellow man and the significance of each individual, is given out free to those who want one, some “free thinkers” don’t even want their children to touch it, for fear they might read it. In fact, some don’t ever want Bibles offered again because they think its message might go against their own personal beliefs. These same censurers pride themselves on being tolerant and strongly oppose intolerance of any kind. If we do not want our own child to read the Bible or certain other literature, we have the right to tell them not to take it if it’s offered – just like we teach our children to say no to drugs, cigarettes, or alcohol if they are ever offered. However, to try to deny other young people the opportunity to have a copy of the best selling book of all time is demonstrating intolerance and reflects a double standard. I wonder if the same people who believe that women, early teens and up, have the right to choose if the life growing inside of them will live or die also believe our young people have the right to choose to pick up a free book. Fellow residents, we cannot have it both ways. If we are truly free thinkers, let’s think. Let’s reject the hypocrisy of double standards. The school district did nothing against their policies or the law. They are not teaching from the Bible – only providing an opportunity one day of the year for students to take one if they so choose. I applaud them for doing exactly what the citizens of this county seem to want: the right to choose, the right to be free thinkers, the right to not have any one belief pushed on everyone else, and showing tolerance to all.

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