A paid ad in the January 14th edition of the Prairie
Post disputing the questionable use of publicly funded school buses is very
interesting on several levels. It raises further questions to the obvious ones; why
are school busses being used to take kids to a church function. And, wouldn't a
letter to the Editor, have been sufficient?
Probably the most important question is; why are there established
church affiliated schools, separate(schools) from our public school system? I asked
this of a rather high placed Catholic cleric and was told that it was to assure the
ethics of the church are taught. My argument against this was that there are
several publicly subsidized churches in which such 'education' might better be conducted. I could have pointed out there
is nothing like a captive audience for dissemination of any kind of propaganda -
just how many of the little darlings would end up voluntarily at church to learn
such dry stuff.
Another question arises. Is it not better that we as Canadians assimilate in all
aspects of our lives? Oh, I can hear a resounding nay from those special interests,
say, like the Catholics and the Indians. It is Ironic! I hear Catholic
church adherents express their frustration at trying to run a smoke free business
when the Indians and their customers can smoke away to their hearts content.
Don't you see, Assimilation is needed; we're all in the same boat so let's cooperate
to make our lives better. (Remember a smoked Indian requires as much medical care
as Whitey with a rotten lung.) And that would put the Catholics and
the Indians on the same page as the rest of us. Is Indian autonomy as far out of
control as the separatist educators? I think so. But, please, don't let me
hear any Catholics complaining about the Indians.
A third question concerns church and state. It seems to me that combining church
and school tends to blur that very important line between the church and the national,
provincial and municipal policies that govern us. Education, given with the influence
of some organization which claims to have THE truth, would presumably provide
among its graduates a crop of future policy makers. It seems to me that those
policy makers might tend to not be overly concerned with church influence on
their decision making; having been nurtured from early age in such an environment.
Surely such influence has already been felt!
But finally, back to the ad. It, of course, flies in the face of a big part
of the Establishment. The not-easily-understood notice under the ad seems to
indicate there may have been text left out. However, I think the main point
is made: Tax payer equipment should not be used for, or by, the specific special
interest needs of any groups. Trucking a captive audience to a mass certainly
doesn't do me any good and may very well, in ways unknown, harm me.
Let us all assimilate!
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