I just started a new book yesterday. It’s called The New Tolerance and it’s written by Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler. The subtitle reads, “How a cultural movement threatens to destroy you, your faith and your children.” Sounds pretty intense, but I believe it conveys a very important truth that most people are totally oblivious to. It’s ironic that I just happened to get this book since I just recently visited a great blog: where I read an entry on this very topic. I’ve just begun reading this book, but I’m already outraged to learn of the following scenarios:
Fourth grader Raymond Raines made the mistake of bowing his head over his lunch to whisper a silent prayer. That act, however, resulted in a trip to the principal’s office and a warning that if he tried to pray again–even silently–he would be disciplined * Chuck Colson, “Facilitating Faith (Do We Need a Prayer Ammendment?),” BreakPoint, 8 February 1995.
A similar incident occured in Selkirk, New York, when a third-grade teacher stopped a child from reading the Bible in her free time. The crying child was threatened and told never to bring the forbidden book to school again. *Brannon Howse, “The People and the Agenda of Multicultural Education,” Understanding the Times (January 1997) :3
It seems as though our freedom is being yanked from beneath us “Houdini style” and most people are completely unaware.