An E-mail Worth Posting

I have received this a number of times.

But as a parent, I find it harder and harder to do my job. Not because I am lazy or couldn’t care less about the welfare of my children, but because everywhere I turn there is an obstacle in my way.

I am trying to do my job, however, it would be a lot easier if every other parent would try and do theirs! We could actually help one another out! Imagine that!

Just the other day my 11 year old daughter was asked to go see a movie with her friends (acquaintances really) last Saturday. They were going to see Employee of the Month. I said yes, even though I was not pleased that no one would be supervising them in the theater. So I decided I would sit a few rows behind or in front of the girls. But upon further investigation, I realized this movie was NOT appropriate for my daughter. It was rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor and language! This was not a movie I wanted my daughter to see. I explained to her my reasons, and she very graciously said it was OK, she didn’t have to go see the movie. (I was prepared for an arguement but I got lucky!) It is up to the parents to set boundaries.

This e-mail speaks volumes and I wanted to share it with my readers, even if you’ve seen it before. 

 And now the e-mail…

WOW, WHAT A WAKEUP!

Dear God:

Why didn’t you save the school children at ?. ..

Moses Lake, Washington 2/2/96
Bethel, Alaska 2/19/97
Pearl, Mississippi 10/1/97
West Paducah, Kentucky 12/1/97
Stamp, Arkansas 12/15/97
Jonesboro, Arkansas 3/24/98
Edinboro, Pennsylvania 4/24/98
Fayetteville, Tennessee 5/19/98
Springfield, Oregon 5/21/98
Richmond, Virginia 6/15/98
Littleton, Colorado 4/20/99
Taber, Alberta, Canada 5/28/99
Conyers, Georgia 5/20/99
Deming, New Mexico 11/19/99
Fort Gibson, Oklahoma 12/6/99
Santee, Californ! ia 3/ 5/01 and
El Cajon, California 3/22/01?

Sincerely,

Concerned Student —————————————————–

Reply:Dear Concerned Student:

I am not allowed in schools.

Sincerely,

God———————————————————-

How did this get started?…

—————–
Let’s see,
I think it started when Madeline Murray O’Hare complained
she didn’t want any prayer in our schools.And we said, OK.

——————

Then,  someone said you better not  

read the Bible in school,
the Bible that says
“thou shalt not kill,
thou shalt not steal,
and love your neighbors as yourself,”
And we said, OK…—————–

Dr. Benjamin Spock said
we shouldn’t spank our children
when they misbehaved
because their little personalities
would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem.And we said,
an expert should know what he’s talking about
so we won’t spank them anymore..


——————
Then someone said
teachers and principals better not
discipline our children when they misbehave.
And the school administrators said
no faculty member in this school
better touch a student when they misbehave
because we don’t want any bad publicity,
and we surely don’t want to be sued.And we accepted their reasoning…


——————
Then someone said,
let’s let our daughters have abortions if they want,
and they won’t even have to tell their parents.And we said, that’s a grand idea…


——————
Then some wise school board member said,
since boys will be boys

and they’re going to do it anyway,
let’s give our sons all the condoms they want,
so they can have all the fun they desire,
and we won’t have to tell their parents they got them at school.And we said, that’s another great idea…

——————

Then some of our top elected officials said
it doesn’t matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs.
And we said,
it doesn’t matter what anybody,  including the President,
does in private as long as we have jobs and the economy is good….


——————

And someone else took that appreciation a step further
and published pictures of nude children
and then stepped further still by
making them available on the Internet.
And we said, everyone’s entitled to free speech….

——————

And the entertainment industry said,
let’s make TV shows and movies that promote
profanity, violence and illicit sex…
And let’s record music that encourages
rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes…
And we said,
it’s just entertainment
and it has no adverse effect
and nobody takes it seriously anyway,
so go right ahead.

——————

Now we’re asking ourselves
why our children have no conscience,

why they don’t know right from wrong,
and why it doesn’t bother them to
kill strangers, classmates or even themselves.


—————— Undoubtedly,
if we thought about it long and hard enough,
we could figure it out.
I’m sure it has a great deal to do with…
“WE REAP WHAT WE SOW,”

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3 Responses to “An E-mail Worth Posting”

  1. Maria Says:

    Will come back and read this in more detail later
    God bless
    Maria in the UK
    http://www.inhishands.co.uk

  2. Paula Reed Says:

    Columbine has had an active Bible club since 1994. Students are allowed to study the Bible, pray, be as religious as they wish in school. Schools simply cannot force everyone to believe the same thing. Also, what about the Amish school in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania? God was very much a part of that school. The first court ruling to outlaw school prayer occurred in 1962, so what was the issue in Bath, Michigan 1927 and Houston, TX 1959? I was told that raising your children with fear and violence was a bad idea, so I didn’t hit mine. They are both trustworthy, compassionate people.

    I notice that this doesn’t take issue with the instigators of lawsuits, only the schools that have been forced to decrease discipline because of them. Maybe the writer of the email should address that. Comprehensive sex education can and should include abstinence, but condoms are probably the most realistic way to decrease abortions. The very same people who were outraged over Clinton’s sex life haven’t seemed to care that the current president has been caught in far more lies and those lies have resulted in thousands of deaths. Apparently the email writer doesn’t care about those lies, so long as the rich get more tax breaks. Somehow, his moral certitude strikes me as awfully hollow.

    Child pornography is illegal—our culture has not accepted it at all. Anyway, what kind of logic can possibly link Clinton’s behavior to child pornography?

    Why it doesn’t bother our “Christian” in the Whitehouse to kill strangers, children or even himself (by ignoring serious environmental concerns and escalating terrorism that he, himself, says poses a threat here in the U.S.). Finally, it seems to me that if we want to know why people go off the deep end and shoot up their places of employment, places of worship, schools, shopping malls, fast-food restaurants, and myriad other settings we’re going to have to deal with the state of mental health care in the U.S.

    I’ve gotten this email, too, and it is just too simplistic and too shallow. If you check my blog, you’ll see a more hostile version of what I’ve written here, but it led to some good discussion.

  3. way2much Says:

    Paula,

    Thanks for stopping by and adding your comment.

    But… did you read the email through? – to the “we reap what we sow”. As a society this is what is happening to us. We are to blame. Yes, that is a blanket statement. But it is the truth when we look at generalities.

    You are very eloquent in your writing. Your blog is interesting. I am NOT the originator of this email and I have no idea how it got on your writer’s loop. I received this email numerous times as I stated above. I received it on the day that my daughter asked about the movie and I thought it was appropriate to post as it concerned what I was going through at the time.

    Do I agree with the email in entirety – NO. But there are parts that I am sure you could even attest are TRUE – whether it be Fundamentalist, Atheist or any other “ist” fault, we are all to blame for one thing or another.
    Where you get that Clinton is the cause of child-porn escapes me. It says someone takes ‘sex’ further. And posts these photos on the internet. It does not say – ‘due to the president’s action…’

    I am not looking to get into a debate on this. I respect your opinion. But you seem to think the writer was/is an idiot. Sure one should think before they forward – as I do all the time, there are plenty I delete even if it tries to shame me into thinking I am going against God or I will have bad luck (I take my chances – God knows I love him – I don’t have to forward anything.) But I believe the writer was just reacting to an emotion they were feeling at the time – haven’t you ever done that? Then perhaps realized it wasn’t the greatest thing to do and wish you could either take it back or edit it? I have no idea who the author is, but perhaps they did not realize that Columbine had a Bible club. Or was allowed to. That doesn’t make one a bad person – and certainly doesn’t mean they should keep their mouth shut. They said something and now they stand corrected – and I am finding out more and more – since I posted – that public schools (which my children attend) have these sources available and are not discouraged. HOWEVER, and notice the CAPS, there are those that are threatened by this and will do anything to ban these clubs. YES, there are people out there like that – it is our freedom as well to form these clubs as well as it is others right NOT to join. Leave the kids alone if they want to meet and discuss the Bible and other religious topics.

    This is to whom the letter was referring to – NOT people with good morals and conscience like you, who seem to have done a beautiful job with your children. I am still struggling to teach my children (as my job is never done – it is a work in progress). It is a hard job, BECAUSE of all that is around us. For every negative influence they experience – did you you know I would have to reinforce with a positive 10 fold!! That is a lot of work. I am not taking the lazy way out and not doing it; I am not whining and complaining that it is hard; I am just merely stating a fact that if everyone can get out from behind the “we have the right to do this so we will” mentality instead of thinking what is morally acceptable and STOP lowering the standards, we – as a society – may actually prosper from it.

    God help us when the likes of Paris Hilton and Brittany Spears and Lindsey Lohan are our girls’ role models.

    I’m done!


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