Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Voters override high school gag order on abstinence by electing Chris Lind to the school board

Chris Lind won't be silenced anymore.

Voters sent a clear message to Prior Lake-Savage schools last night by electing Chris Lind to the school board. Lind, who received 13.96 percent of the vote was the only non-incumbent elected.

Last June Lind was fired from his job as Prior Lake-Savage high school campus supervisor because of job performance. A closer look revealed that Lind was told by Tony Massaros, District 719 Director of Human Resources, that he could not talk about sexaul abstinence with students during or after school, on or off campus, during or after school hours.

Massaros also told Lind he could not talk about abstinence in a bible study in his own home, “in youth groups at church or in small group study off campus.” Massaros allegedly censored Lind from discussing abstinence with anyone who had ever attended the district.

Looks like voters have given Lind, and his healthy message of abstinence, the bully pulpit.


Anonymous said...

I hope Chris with all his supposed freedom of speech supporters get what they want. Given the growing Indian/mideastern population he should push to have a Hindu or maybe a Muslim employee at the school to indoctrinate PLS students to those religions beliefs. I am sure the freedom of speech people will change thier toon rather quickly if that happend.

Chuck Darrell said...

I'm not so "sure" you really believe in freedom of speech - or a least religious free speech.

On a different note, I encourage you to re-examine the difference between indoctrination and learning.

Learning about religion in a public school is neither indoctrination nor a violation of separation of church and state.

For example, I read Mein Kampf in history class. But no one would argue I was being indoctrinated to be a National Socialist.

Same goes for reading Exodus in a great books class; it's not indoctrination, it's great literature and a historical document that shaped western culture.

There is nothing in our constitution that says children can't learn about religion. There is no such thing as a "wall" of separation either.

That said, I encourage the market place of ideas in public schools. Let children learn about religion - but don't indoctrinate them.

God speed

Anti said...

Sure, Tom, sure.

Religion=good, sex=bad? How is that not indoctrination?

Chuck Darrell said...


Clearly there is a clash of worldviews.

However, learning about the great faith traditions of the world in school is not indoctrination.

When you learned about Hinduism or Islam were you indoctrinated? I doubt it. If you read about Islam in Time magazine are you being indoctrinated?

Then why would discussing the same article in school be indoctrination?

Islam, Hindu, Christian et al, are historical facts that continue to shape the world we live in. Ignoring these powerful ideas is promoting ignorance and intolerance.

Troy said...

In a troubling reversal, the nation’s teen birth rate rose for the first time in 15 years, surprising government health officials and reviving the bitter debate about abstinence-only sex education.

The birth rate had been dropping since its peak in 1991, although the decline had slowed in recent years. On Wednesday, government statisticians said it rose 3 percent from 2005 to 2006.

However, some experts said they have been expecting a jump. They blamed it on increased federal funding for abstinence-only health education that doesn’t teach teens how to use condoms and other contraception.

Chuck Darrell said...

There you go again, when comp sex ed fails, blame abstinence.