On our President’s recent trip abroad for the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, he had the opportunity to deliver a speech to about 2000 young people. Our President showed once again what it’s like to live as one of the most tone-deaf people on this planet. In what can only be spoken of as one in a long line of foreign relations blunders, President Obama called for an end to religious education. His reasoning?
“If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,”
That’s right folks, religious education causes division and discourages cooperation.
Religious education is likely at the heart of the over two hundred years of religious strife we have had here in the United States. All of that Catholic on Protestant and Protestant on Catholic violence can probably be traced straight back to church run schools.
Oh wait… we don’t have a history of religious violence in America? We even have Jewish schools, or Yeshivas. In some communities you can find Islamic schools, or Madrasas. I’m pretty sure in the West there are even several states with a healthy number of schools run by the Church of Latter Day Saints. It’s amazing with a country as religiously diverse as we are (literally the most religiously diverse in the world), that we are not dealing with constant religious tension. Or, religious diversity is not the root of the problem – in Northern Ireland or anywhere else in the world.
The President’s childish understanding of the conflict in Ireland (and Northern Ireland particularly) makes us all look bad. How can the leader of the free world be so vapid and shallow in his knowledge of the history of Ireland? If you are planning on giving a major speech during the world’s most important international event, you should make sure you or your speech writers have done some research. The problems in Ireland run far deeper and much more complex than a simple division between Catholics and Protestants. In fact, that religious difference was just the easiest way to separate the two tribes of antagonists. In reality, the issues involved in the violence had nothing to do with their religious beliefs. The President embarrassed our nation with his simplistic interpretation of the conflict.
However, the speech also uncovered a much more important problem with our President’s mindset (and the mindset of the Left in general). What is the President really communicating with his attack on religious education? He is arguing that religious differences, and religion in general, is bad for society. Because religion is inherently divisive it must be stamped out, and where do we begin? – with our children of course. This is the same reason that the public school system is the liberal’s sacred cow. By attacking the “problem” and focusing on our kids, the government can mold future generations to become sheep.
Understand folks, if we outlaw private education or the ability to educate from home, we will be allowing the government to stamp out all forms of dissent within a couple of generations. Private education is as integral to our personal freedoms as our right to vote.
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