Vail Daily letter: A parent’s responsibility
Ryan Summerlin March 25, 2013
In response to Kevin Kenney’s letter berating our schools as the cause of our youth having little or no morals, I cry foul.
If Kenney or any other parent wants to instill a Christian or religious morality into their offspring, then by all means indoctrinate them to your heart’s content into your chosen religious faith or belief. It is every American’s right to freedom of religion.
Instead of bemoaning the lack of public prayer or morals in schools, why not provide the proper home and religious institutional settings that encourage prayer and religious morals? Go to church every day of the year. Pray six times a day if you think that will help resolve you and your children’s religious morality issues. It is your right.
If any parent feels a son or daughter isn’t getting the proper morals at a public school, then it is your right to not send your children to public schools. But don’t blame public schools for parents’ failure to bring up their children in a religious moral fashion of the parents’ choosing. That is the responsibility of the parents to provide and teach.
In the context of our politicos when being thought of as pandering: “In pandering, the views one is verbally expressing are merely for the purpose of drawing support up to and including votes and do not necessarily reflect one’s personal values.” Perhaps Kenney had another thought in mind when he wished more politicos would “pander” to religion.
Kenney appears to be a Christian, based on quotes from his letter, and seems to imply that “social justice” is a dirty word. Although I am not a biblical scholar, I think I can safely say that Jesus Christ was a great teacher, if not the greatest, of and for social justice.