I don't disagree with many of your comments. But as far as your belief that 4/5 of our board is "pushing their political belief system on our kids", why not apply this same standard to Springboro teachers? With full union support, Boro teachers go about liberalizing the minds of each and every one of Springboro's schoolchildren each and every school day of the year.First, I am a conservative and a Christian and don't particularly like unions though recognize they have a role in our society (perhaps with increased right to work laws, merit based pay, etc.). My guess, I am not that much different than many others in our area. But I have major problems with what 4/5's of the BOE is doing.
What about "separation of church and state" don't 4/5's of the BOE understand? Besides arguably being in violation of the BOE bylaw mentioned above, they are in violation of court-set precedents regarding this topic, they're only presenting their view of the constitution (why isn't there someone presenting the counter perspective that God didn't create or literally guide creation of the U.S. Constitution?), and in effect, are saying that the U.S. was only established for Christians. Remember, many of the Founding Fathers were not devout Christians. Some were, some weren't, some believed in a god but that man was in charge of his own fate - not given a defined fate by God, some believed in a hybrid of natural law and Christianity, etc. President Adams was even quoted as saying the U.S. was not founded on C
Also, what does this all mean for our neighbors and friends in Springboro who are not Christians? If you were them, wouldn't you feel less welcomed by what 4/5's of the BOE is trying to push?
I have voted for and have supported Kelly, Jim and David on virtually every issue, especially their current position with the teachers, Maney, and the OEA.
By insisting the teachings of the Founding Fathers be brought into Springboro Schools, I believe Jim Rigano has his heart in the right place. I can state with 100% certainly that Jim Rigano has a solid understanding that the lion's share of this nation's original Founding Fathers came to these shores in order to escape either religious or political persecution in their respective Motherland.
Heated tooth-and-nail debates among our Founding Fathers were begun primarily by Thomas Jefferson, who could be looked upon as the first Ross Perot. These debates brought us the First Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees among other things freedom of the press, freedom of speech and FREEDOM TO PRACTICE THE RELIGION OF ONE'S CHOICE.
What Jim Rigano is trying to do is not in any way a violation of our respective First Amendment rights as outlined in the Bill of Rights. Jim Rigano isn't for the implementation of a social studies curriculum in violation of the separation of church and state.(I believe very strongly that in all public institutions there must be a VERY clear separation between church and state.)
Jim Rigano has a wonderful intention.
Jim Rigano is all about the updating of Springboro's social studies curriculum not to emphasize "religion of the Founding Fathers", but rather to highlight / illustrate how and why Jefferson and the rest of our Founding Fathers debated (D-E-B-A-T-E-D) about freedom of religion, freedom of the press, among many other very important, heated issues they were forced to make decisions on. Each one of the debates and votes of our Founding Fathers had a unique place in moulding the future of the United States of America. Every citizen American citizen, whether they're native-born, or not, should have a solid understanding W-H-Y they have the right to freedom of religion, etc. In a nutshell, I believe this is exactly what Jim Rigano is trying to accomplish. And I fully support him in doing so.