An outraged father has described a troubling incident in which his son’s teacher prohibited him from reading his Bible during a class show and tell.
John Ellis, a church elder from Arlington, VA, explained that his 8-year-old son, excited by what he was reading in the Book of Daniel, decided to toss his Bible into his school bag and share the story with his classmates at the next show and tell. But when his big moment came, he was ruthlessly shut down by the teacher.
I found out that my son took his Bible to school for show-and-tell last week. He wanted to share with his class what he has been reading. Keep in mind, he goes to a public school in ultra-progressive Northern Virginia. I wish I could've seen the look on the teacher's face.
— John Ellis (@adayinhiscourt) December 8, 2018
Ellis recalled the heartbreaking situation in a column at PJ Media, noting that he had no idea his son had taken the Bible to school:
“”The teacher stopped me from speaking,” my son sadly said, “and went on to the next person. I didn’t get to tell them about Daniel.”
You see, my son had been reading the book of Daniel and wanted to tell his friends about it. It was important to him. What he didn’t realize is that the Bible, no matter how important to his identity, is verboten in the brave new world of progressive tolerance.
The Bible and those who take God’s Word seriously are not allowed a platform in leftist America. My son learned that the hard way last Tuesday. His disappointment is only eclipsed by his confusion as to why his teacher wouldn’t let him finish.”
Ellis went on to contrast his son’s dreadful experience with the plight of Peter Vlaming, a Virginia school teacher who was recently fired from his job after refusing to address a transgender student by her preferred pronoun.
“It’s stunning to consider the contrast between the hyperbolic language and extreme actions taken to ensure that one child’s identity is catered to and how my son was swiftly shut down when he wanted to briefly talk about a part of his identity that’s important to him,” Ellis noted. “It’s also frightening.”
Ellis further argued that if his son had been allowed to read his Bible aloud, “no other kid in that classroom would have been under any obligation to listen to or care about what was being said.”
He added that fellow students “most definitely wouldn’t have been under any compulsion to agree with the Bible or convert.”
Comparing this to the issues raised in the Peter Vlaming case, Ellis noted that “if a girl believes that she is a boy, it’s not enough to allow her to believe what she wants; others are required to accept and promote her belief, even if it violates their own faith identity.”
“Make no mistake,” he remarked. “The left has zero interest in allowing people to express themselves.”
“Protecting important aspects of a person’s identity is not universal,” he added. “That protection only extends to the ideology that the left wants to promote.”
(H/T: PJ Media)