I'm not trying to shove my beliefs on anybody. One can accept what they choose to believe and I'm not going to think ill of them for it. I have many freinds that believe diffferently than I do, but they are still my freinds.
I just hate to see the choice taken out of schools. And yes, as Karl said there are many churches on every street corner, but many children will never see the inside of one, because they were taught that religion has no place inside of a state building and not that they have the freedom to choose to be a part of one. Religion is branded as such an ill thing, the media makes sure of that by advertising every ill thing that comes of it. It has recieved quite a bit of negative publicity because of the lunatics that do ill in it's name. What people fail to see it as is a culture as well. I still believe that children should be taught what religion means, not any specific religion, so that they at least have the right concept of it other than Waco and Muslim Extremists. Like it or not, religion is a part of everyones daily lives, it is in the air all around them because so much of what happens in this world is due, in part, to religion. They need to understand that in order to combat the forces that do ill in it's name. Teaching religion and teaching the concept of religion are two different things. Religion is at the root of most of what we see in the news today. Not the right sort of religion, not a peaceful religion, all things have a negative, but it exists, it is right there in their faces and they need to know about it.
Kyle, I think it is great that you are freinds with this kid, he probably needs you and other "normal" kids as an outlet since he apparantly does not have one at home. At least he has his dad, but it seems mom opinion outweighs dad's opinion!! That is sad, but he will be out from under her roof one day....hopefully!
My nephew watched Teletubbies when he was smaller. All the "gay" stuff was going on at the time. My sis didn't pay much attention to it, but then my nephew started talking like them all the time. My sister kept telling him to talk right (he was doing it *all* the time, at the dinner table, when asking for a glass of juice, whatever) and she warned him that if he didn't start talking right she would not let him watch it anymore. Finally, she made him quit watching it until he dropped the teletubby talk, then everone accused her of jumping on the "teletubbies are gay" bandwagon. She held to her guns though.....and I have to say...it really was annoying.
All this being said, I am not a hard right-wing activist. I believe what I believe, just as you all have your own beliefs, it's what makes us all individual and quite honestly I enjoy debating on occasion. I actually believe in balance and moderation and the right to express yourself. And the right to knowledge.
There are many grey areas in life. And too often instead of finding some balance, people are prone to drawing a hard line in the sand and refusing to cross it, even at jeapordy of cutting themselves off from information that is critical to making a decision that is best for them.
As for the Big Bang theory, did anyone ever figure out where the atoms came from to begin with?
Always Dancing in the Shadows.