Monday, April 07, 2008

This Time, It's the Christians

Each year, at many of the government children's prisons, there are occasional special programs or times in which tradition is broken. Among them are Christmas programs, Easter egg hunts, Homecoming parades, the Prom and others.

Some are related to holidays and some mimic pagan seasonal rituals. Some are local in nature and some are related to sports and academic endeavors.

In my school, we had an annual operetta, conducted by the acting program and the school orchestra. We had Homecoming, related to the foopbaw team--we had a dance, a parade, and (of course) the foopbaw game. We had the Junior Prom. We had a Christmas program and the Senior Play. And, both the most bizarre and the most fun, we had the Sadie Hawkins Day Dance.

We all dressed as Li'l Abner characters in salute to, or parody of, Al Capp's comic strip that appeared daily in the Grand Forks Herald those many years ago. For you youngsters, Sadie Hawkins Day (according to Capp), was a day in which the women chased the men, and if a woman was able to catch one, he had to marry her. At GF Central, tradition was that the girls asked the boys to the dance, and everyone dressed in Capp's inimitable hillbilly style.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, we got trouble. Right here in River City. Or, more accurately in this case, Reedsburg, Wisconsin. According to a story in MyWay:

Students at Pineview Elementary in Reedsburg had been dressing in costume all last week as part of an annual school tradition called Wacky Week. On Friday, students were encouraged to dress either as senior citizens or as members of the opposite sex.

No doubt there's a little PC involved in these choices. Wacky Week usually has some kind of theme, according to the story, and is chosen by the students. It sounds like a good diversion from the normal humdrum of children's prison life.

But, Wait! Jim Schneider, program director for the funny-mentalist Voice of Christian Youth America cries foul! "We believe it's the wrong message to send to elementary students," he says. "Our station is one that promotes traditional family values. It concerns us when a school district strikes at the heart and core of the Biblical values. To promote this to elementary-school students is a great error."

I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out the error in having a bit of fun with age and gender. It doesn't sound as if anyone is trying to push other characteristics of age and gender 'pon these kids.

It's not the ACLU this time, nor is it the raging subhumans of fascist islam. It's funny-mentalist Christians!

I have no intention to paint Christians with a broad brush, but there are loons in every movement. It makes me wonder how many islamists are peaceful followers of the "religion of peace, and how many are bloodthirsty, crazed followers of a bloodthirsty child molester.

No idols.

Warm regards,

Col. Hogan
Stalag California


T. F. Stern said...

Must be a touch of Music Man fever going around; had a it myself earlier today...

As far as the extreme ends of religion popping up to "save our children", this is an extension of the zero tolerance mentality, just no room for humor of any kind.

Col. Hogan said...


Yes, and it pops up most often in the teachers and staff of the government children's prisons.

No room for tolerance, nor common sense.

MK said...

Yeah there are loons on all sides, just not as many amongst the Christians in my experience.

Though i will say this, given the nature of intolerant leftie pc-scum, i wouldn't be surprised if they 'strongly' encouraged children to experience things from the other genders's perspective. Not saying that was the case here, but i've read a lot about social engineering in other parts of the world, so i'm naturally wary.

Col. Hogan said...


I suspected the same thing, at first, but there's no indication of it in the story (doesn't necessarily mean it didn't happen).

The distinction I draw is regarding these fundamentalist religious sects who use the media to conduct agenda-driven quasi-religious appeals based mainly 'pon financial donations. I strongly suspect Voice of Christian Youth America is one of those, playing 'pon the same concerns you express.

I used to live in Santa Ana, Calif, near the headquarters of three of these organizations.

Two of them had the most hideously ostentations compounds--way beyond imagination. One of them has religious shows that rival Las Vegas reviews (without the sexy stuff).

The other, while conducting no actual services on premises, has the most architecturally outrageous buildings and grounds imaginable, like a manic's conception of the Gates of St Peter, and huge buildings that carry on the theme (in white and gold). Its face is mainly heard and seen on radio and tv, during which high-pressure appeals seem to be the main theme.

The less physically intrusive one has a normal-looking brick-and glass Protestant church, a parochial school, a book and pamphlet business, and is otherwise far less outrageous in appearance.

Unfortunately, they extort nearby businesses against carrying certain books and magazines, and attempt to require them to provide racks for their pamphlets, etc.

The graduates and dropouts from their school (I knew many of them when I lived there) were very depressed, rebellious and dysfunctional (I'll admit the cross section of young coffee shop dwellers might not be an accurate account of their full student body).

It must be working for these (I suspect) revivalists, because they appear to be extremely financially successful and seem to have stored their tents deep in their basements.