The horrific news of the slain Dallas police officers sent me to my knees for God’s grace upon our nation. The unsettling environment in our nation has left many feeling anxious, frustrated, hopeless and speechless. However, not all are speechless.
As you are aware, there is endless political commentary on which both sides can agree or argue. Regularly, each side takes its point of view and stirs the pot of contention with a barrage of opinions. It can be difficult to decipher the facts amidst the hype.
In a recent National Review article, Jim Geraghty noted that both ends of the political spectrum blame the policies of the other for what has happened: “When you’re a conservative, you know that if there’s any nut job out there claiming to act in the name of a cause you support—from opposing government overreach to opposition to abortion—you’ll have that figure thrown at you for the rest of time. There are liberals who still rotely insist that Timothy McVeigh is an example of ‘Christian terrorism’ even though he was a self-described agnostic and his agenda had nothing to do with Jesus Christ.”
This statement immediately brought to mind a similar roiling social media attack on Christian home schoolers in response to the June 24th Texas Supreme Court ruling in the McIntyre case. (Read THSC’s commentary on this and another court decision.)
The wholesale mainstream and social media response from the statist perspective totally misconstrued the facts of the case in order to push an anti-Christian and anti-home school narrative. In fact, the response was so far-fetched that Jacquielynn Floyd, a self-proclaimed left wing writer at the Dallas Morning News, was compelled to rebut her liberal colleagues.
Floyd said, “But the lefties—and they’re admittedly, more often than not, my own ideological tribe—are doing exactly the same thing that so often makes reasonable people seethe with rage in this contentious political era.
They’re spreading a tale that reinforces a larger idea they believe to be true. The actual facts are clarified in the boring-old-details that go undigested in the furor over the much more exciting—and oversimplified—headline.”
She goes on to point out the fallacy of the headlines and narrative pushed by those from the left: “A careful inquiry by the ever-meticulous fact-checking outfit Snopes reports that the rapture story was an accusation made by a relative, but never verified by officials or considered by the court. If we’re going to look for a problem here, it is that state law mandates no formal verification or testing for its home-schooled population, which is estimated at 300,000 children.”
Did you catch that? Although she points out that the social media mob has its facts wrong, Floyd asserts that the real problem is unregulated home schooling.
Liberal media and educational bureaucrats continue to try to make the case that government, not parents, should have the final say in the education of children.
However, in ruling on the narrow issue before them, the Texas Supreme Court took away a tool the educational establishment has used to deplete parents’ resources in lawsuits. Parents are no longer required to “exhaust administrative remedies.” In other words, you no longer have to run the bureaucratic gauntlet to get to a court of law to have your constitutional issues heard.
In a speech in Dublin on July 10, 1790, Irish lawyer and politician John Philpot Curran said “The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.” That sentiment is true of our freedom to home school as well. THSC exists to Keep Texas Families Free.
Since 1986, THSC has vigilantly fought to Keep Texas Families Free. You can rest assured, THSC will stand by its members and continue protecting the rights of home school families. Has your home school family joined us in the battle to keep our liberty? Take the first step and join today!
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