Middle school teacher Nancy Perry of Dublin, Georgia will be forced into retirement at the end of the year because she allegedly told her students that Barack Obama was not a Christian. According to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Perry also said that anyone who voted for the man was not a Christian, either. For the Dublin School District, this was a bridge too far.
“It is not the place of teachers to attempt to persuade students about religious or political beliefs,” said a district spokesman. “In doing so, the teacher was wrong and that has been communicated to her.”
Perry’s remarks, once publicized, drew heat from the NAACP and parents alike. Though she denies having said anything, it seems that she will not be invited back to the school because of the incident.
Obviously, if Perry did make the comments, she was wrong to do so. As the spokesman said, it is not appropriate for teachers to preach their views to their students. After all, that’s what the history books are for. That’s what the Common Core-approved lessons are intended to do. Hell, we need teachers like Perry just to counterbalance all of these liberal educators who ban “God bless you” from the classroom, teach warped views of Islam and the Second Amendment, and compare George W. Bush to Hitler.
It’s tough to say that we should take politics out of our schools when they have fallen so completely into the clutches of liberalism. But of course that’s exactly why the administrators were so quick to take action. You can’t have someone in there foiling their grand scheme. The children will be confused if they aren’t getting a consistent message from both their cirriculum and their teachers.
Even if we concede that Perry was out of line, doesn’t it seem a bit extreme to demand her retirement? Why wouldn’t a warning have sufficed? But of course we’ve seen over the last couple of months that there are dramatic consequences for speaking out against the left. Whether you’re criticizing gay marriage or Dear Leader, you’d better be ready to take your medicine.
And what about Dear Leader? What happens when he leaves office and admits that he was never a Christian? Will the school district apologize to Perry and invite her back?
To be serious, he probably is a Christian, or he at least thinks of himself as one. He loves his religion like he loves America. In other words, he loves the version of it in his head while despising the version that actually exists. Perhaps when he is finished remaking America, he’ll turn his attention to remaking Christianity. Change it into something he can really get behind. A Christianity that celebrates gay marriage, endorses Islamic beliefs, approves of abortion, and teaches that men can change into women.
And then there will be no doubt about whether or not Obama is a Christian. As long as we keep redefining the meaning of words, anyone can be whatever they say they are.