by Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis, 1/13/18
Sixth graders were recently handed an essay written by a history of religion professor who states that the 3 major religions "believe in the same God." He claimed the God of the Old Testament "can be both good and evil" and the 3 world religions and their disagreements have led to "violence and hatred," among other controversial claims. Jeanette Ward, who sits on the school board in School District U-46 in Elgin, Illinois, described her own daughter's sixth-grade homework assignment about the world's 3 largest world religions. The article is "utterly incorrect and false on many levels," Mrs Ward posted on Facebook. She went on to write that she had voted against using such curriculum in classrooms and also stated that her daughter would not be required to complete the assignment. Since Mrs Ward's election in 2015, she has become a right-wing burden to the left-wing school district, where an English teacher proclaimed last year at a school board meeting that students are learning to be part of a "global citizenry." Back in October 2016 parents complained about a transgender policy in school locker rooms. The school district's CEO claimed that parents don't need to be informed if their teenage girls share a locker room with the opposite sex. Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute says the so-called "faith leaders" who complained about Mrs Ward represent left-wing "apostate denominations" that have abandoned traditional Christian orthodoxy in favor of progressive views. While it's no surprise that those church leaders objected to Mrs Ward's objection. Ms Higgins asked where are the local, traditional pastors who should be defending Mrs Ward from the left-wing attacks. "Why didn't 20 (conservative) religious leaders from the community, write a letter saying they objected to the misrepresentation of Christianity in this article that sixth graders were studying?"