Faith Driven Consumers ask why Christian values are punished in taxpayer-funded public schools?
As cases of discrimination against Christians rise across America, the firing of well-respected principal Dr. Michael Lehr has shocked the small, rural Georgia town of Manchester.
According to news reports, Lehr was notified by district superintendent Carol Lane that he was being placed on administrative leave for the remainder of this school year—and that his contract would not be renewed for next year. His sin? Lehr read the Bible and prayed with students while filling in for the leader of the voluntary Fellowship of Christian Athletes group.
From students to faith-driven parents, reaction to the firing in the community has been strongly critical of the decision. “I miss him, he was a great principal,” said one high school student. And after one parent pointed out, “This is a Christian community, and I want my daughter to pray,” another said, “What do you expect at a Christian meeting except prayer and Bible reading?”
With many in Manchester rallying around Lehr, perhaps the comment of one parent in particular sums up the frustration of Christians who find themselves increasingly marginalized across the nation today: “I want prayer in this school. I am proud to see our football team take a knee and pray before and after games. And also in clubs. We’re just shocked, very shocked.”
Comments like these from faith-driven parents point to some important questions that Faith Driven Consumers should be directing to local public school officials who are ultimately accountable to taxpayers:
Why—in America where 70% of the population identifies as Christian—are Christian actions and values increasingly excluded from the marketplace of goods, services and ideas?
Why would a school superintendent in a small Georgia town (where it’s likely that upwards of 90% of the population is Christian) go against the predominant values of the local community and fire a dedicated, respected and talented principal for praying and Bible reading in a voluntary student setting?
And why do Faith Driven Consumers—whose single largest expenditure goes toward paying local, state and national taxes that support our schools—have to remain silent while the voices of other groups in our culture are welcomed and celebrated into the rainbow of diversity?
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