I don't like Christian hysteria. It bugs me. When we pick some cause to boycott and gripe about, we have to handle it right or we just come off looking like judgmental ignoramus-es (ignorami?)
(Disclaimer: if you are one of the more-than-one friends who sent me emails and/or facebook requests, I am not talking about you, specifically)
It's just... there are causes that are worth fighting for. I believe in causes. I want to see the ending of abortion, and I believe peaceful protest and behind-the-scenes work to change legislation and most of all, fervent prayer and obedience are keys to that. I do not believe standing on the side of the road holding giant pictures of mangled fetuses is a good way. In fact, I think it hurts us.
Christianity is logical. It makes sense. Our arguments even make sense, if you do the research. So why do we resort to dramatics and shock appeal and emotion so much? Do you understand what I mean?
If we felt like the President was going to make a speech that was harmful to our children, first of all, let's find out what is in the speech and then make that determination. Then, lets do what non-believers might do. Call school officials and find out about alternative activities, or keep your child home, if what he is saying is actually harmful to your child. Or, get crazy and talk to your child ahead of time. Tell them what they're going to hear, and what people with our worldview believe, in contrast. Because if what you're afraid of is your child hearing a viewpoint that is different from yours, you might as well lock them in your basement right now.
Next time you feel like panicking, do a little Google work. Don't read opinions, read the bills or the speeches that you are afraid of. If you don't understand them, then study. There is no reason we should be afraid to learn!
Can we reason, folks? Do your children have the ability to assimilate information and process it based on what they know to be true? If they don't, you have more trouble on your hands than just them learning about "tolerance" from the leader of the free world.
Anyway, all he did was talk about working hard at school, and "earning" your destiny, not expecting easy rewards or quick riches, but applying yourself and working for your dreams. It was actually pretty good. Unlike the healthcare bill, but that's another day.