This year's "Sure to Make the Evening News and NYT" agenda item is a resolution being crafted to encourage Baptists to give up on the public school system. This is sure to be more controversial that many of its embarrassing agenda items. And, I must say, it could be an item worthy of discussion (as my kids grow I am becoming less and less enamored with public schools- but for different reasons than most people- I do not like my kids in an environment which forces them to conform and discourages individuality and creativity- along with other things off the topic).
The outrageous thing about this is Al Mohler's commentary regarding the issue. He begins conciliatory before amping up the rhetoric to the point at which he calls many of the agenda items of the gay-friendly public schools "atrocities." That is right, Al Mohler compares the things Christian kids face in today's public schools to what Sudanese Christians are experiencing in Darfur, what Shiites and Kurds faced under Saddam and what happened to the Jews.
Here are his words...
"Every week, new reports of atrocities in the public schools appear. Radical sex
education programs, offensive curricula and class materials, school-based health
clinics, and ideologies hostile to Christian truth and parental authority
abound. These reports are no longer isolated and anecdotal. Forces opposed to
what Southern Baptist churches and families believe dominate the public school
arena--especially at the national level where policies are made and the future
Hey Al, if you want to make a point that people will take seriously, maybe you should think about your "over the top" rhetoric. At least he didn't compare some school administrators to Hitler, the new metaphor for everything.
See my posting from a few weeks ago, Hyperbole, Slander and Dehumanization.
Also, see Jon Stewart from last night as he notes the recent comparisons of anyone a politician or talk show host does not agree with to Hitler (recently Santorum, Rusmfield, Byrd, Buchanon and others).
link or click here and go to a A relatively closer look at Hitler references.