Yesterday, Six Flags Over Jesus held its kick-off event for training teachers to proselytize without getting caught. We wrote about it. Others have discussed it. And some of your local media got the story right – except WAVE3.
“To step up your Christian influence in the education system so you can make a positive difference in the lives of kids and in the future of this country,” says Bob Russell, a retired Southeast Senior Minister.
“You’re always afraid if you say something the kids are going to go home and tell their parents and you may cause uproar with them,” says teacher Megan Tucker.
“Especially because my kids are so young. It’s hard to know what I’m allowed to say and what I can’t say,” says teacher Kayla Bream.
The challenge according to Southeast Christian Church minister Bob Russell is, “To step up your Christian influence in the educational system, so you can make a positive difference in the lives of kids and in the future of this country.”
Lisa Shields is a librarian at Eastern High School. She shared why it’s so important to share the Christian values.
“We’re on a battlefield,” she said, “I think that reference was made very accurately because so many students we encounter everyday have no hope.”
Honi Goldman, an outspoken Louisville activist said, “it gave the illusion of this being a JCPS sponsored event and that’s the problem. It’s the perception that JCPS was promoting this.”
“You may not be able to pray with them, but you can let them know there is right and there is wrong and what’s the right thing to do,” said Kay Jacobs, a teacher at Auburndale Elementary School.
“We all know that the moral foundation of our nation is crumbling, and it is imperative that some people who have traditional values become more daring and more dramatic in their efforts to return to those values,” said Russell.
Marc Hardin is one of the dozens of educators who attended the event. The assistant principal at Middletown Elementary said he looks at spreading Christian morals as an opportunity instead of a challenge.
Dozens of area teachers gathered Thursday night to discuss the topic of religion and how to handle sticky situations without breaking any separation of church and state laws.
The issues discussed at Thursday’s meeting are to help out any issues that may arise next school year, and to ensure teachers won’t break any laws when it comes to the topic of religion.
Beyond all the teachers who were dumb enough to publicly state that they wish they could proselytize to young children, the best part was the participation of several administrators. Principals and such. Most notably, Kirk Lattimore. He happens to be an Assistant Superintendent for Academic Achievement.
Where’s Donna Hargens? Directing her spokespeople to spin like crazy in an attempt to distance JCPS from this mess.