Group protests church’s video being shown at middle school

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This speaks poorly for our school district. We all know that religion is not allowed in public schools. So I hope the district and administrators will make sure this kind of thing does not happen again.

4640’s high school promotional posters were deceptive. They did not tell kids the facility was at a church, reveal that “recreational” features included a “worship pit,” or that kids using the facility would be subjected to religious indoctrination while there. Activities included a “Middle School Homework Bonfire,” and a food court where. the church said, “A couple bucks will buy you more junk food than your mom would approve of. We’re talking about snacks high in sugar, low in nutritional value — just the kind of fuel you need to have a blast with your 500 other Middle School friends!”

Activities to promote the facility to kids included an ant-eating contest where the church brought in school principals to act as judges. 

The youth pastor’s claim that students “have been censored” because of this incident is absurd. Students are free to exercise their own religion as they see fit. The complaint front and center here is not what students do. It’s about a school promoting a specific religion to kids, which violates the law.

Regarding the youth pastor’s claim that opinions are making people lose their rights: Rights are not given or taken away by majority opinion or even a majority vote. Everyone is entitled to their legal rights; that’s why they are called “rights.”

Churches: one church has taken membership funds and provided a “safe” after school environment while inundating these young people with their particular church views. If I belonged to a small financially depressed church that could not offer the same I would be as indignant as the WCAF.  My concern about this “safe” environment is not seeing any direct supervision of potentially dangerous activities such as rope climbs and swings after the youngsters have consumed thousands of sugar calories as their “treat.”  Simple sugars found in candy (the picture in the Daily Sentinel shows ONLY candy) causes the “sugar-high” and enhances the consumer’s sense of being invincible. We have seen this in our kids and grandkids.  So is this really a “Safe” environment.  We need a Boys/Girls clubs or community centers like the Molina Center on the Grand Mesa.

I’m neither an athiest nor a “freethinker” (whatever that means).  But I think that showing this video in a public school was wrong.



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