By Francis Nye.
The father of a black student has sued a Detroit-area school district over a fifth-grade teacher's reading aloud from a book about slavery. He claims his daughter was racially harassed by the reading. The suit claims the child’s teacher read excerpts from Julius Lester's "From Slave Ship to
Freedom Road" that contains racial epithets and racist characterizations.
It may be that this father is just being thin skinned about this lesson in history but I was not present during the reading so I cannot make that judgment. While I do not condone slavery the fact of the matter is it happened and we cannot hide it under the rug. If we don’t want history to repeat itself we need to teach it and show it ugliness to our youth. We need to describe the events and processes of that shameful time so we can all understand its impact. We also must remember that all races were culpable of this heinous act including the Africans who would bring their captured enemies to the slavers.
But I think that this whole situation of the history lesson taught at the Detroit-area school begs a bigger question, where is the moral outrage over religious bigotry and oppression over the issue of same sex marriage. I would contend that the aggressive opposition funded and lobbied by the Christian community regarding a gay couple right to obtain a legal marriage is a form of harassment in and of itself.
Christians decry the sanctity of marriage in effort to explain their oppressive behavior. I remember reading in history that white slave masters would affirm their rights to own slaves because it was in the bible. Moreover, they did this with the blessing of all churches; Catholic, Mormon, Baptist and the like. One would assume that you can read anything you want into the meaning of the bible if you are so inclined to do so. Never the less, Christians have no leg to stand on when they speak of the sanctity of marriage in my view. Divorce rates among conservative Christians are significantly higher than for other faith groups, and much higher than Atheists and Agnostics experience.
George Barna, president and founder of Barna Research Group, commented:
"While it may be alarming to discover that born again Christians are more likely than others to experience a divorce, that pattern has been in place for quite some time. Even more disturbing, perhaps, is that when those individuals experience a divorce many of them feel their community of faith provides rejection rather than support and healing.”
The old adage, "The family that prays together, stays together" simply does not hold water.
In a hundred years from now our society is going to look back with the same revulsion that we have toward slavery today in regards to the oppression that we now force upon the gay community with regards to marriage. Gay marriage is going to happen. It is a fact. Moreover, it is already happening in five states, the
, and one Native American tribe. The chains of religious oppression are beginning to loosen on this issue. We are a country built on freedom and liberty and it will always find a way to thrive in our great land. So in my opinion religious groups need to step down from their soap box and let same sex couples experience the freedom to marry. Let them experience the same joys and pains that marriage brings. More importantly let them have the same access to basic rights that are afforded non-gay couples. Let the hate end. District of Columbia
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