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Barack Obama claims parochial schools encourage division

June 19, 2013

 While giving a speech in Ireland yesterday Barack Obama spoke out against parochial schools, stating the following:

If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation.

  It is interesting to note here that he only mentioned Catholic and Protestant schools and didn’t bother to mention Madrassas, such as the one he may or may not have attended as a teenager, but that really isn’t surprising.

    Many on the left seem to harbor a certain disdain for religious education, but why is that? The answer is clear in my opinion: The left considers the government run schools to be indoctrination centers which they use to promote a liberal agenda, especially at the college level, but they are unable to get to the students of these schools and because of this the children and the young adults who attend these schools are taught a belief system with which the liberals oppose and they do not like that one bit. To oppose the liberal agenda is division because we are all supposed to agree with the left and immense college debt.

  The left loves to preach (pun intended) about tolerance and diversity but when an educational institution teaches beliefs which are at odds with the liberal agenda the left is not nearly as tolerant as they like to believe they are so they attack these institutions as breeding division and opposing cooperation as Barack Obama did yesterday.

  I thought that America was supposed to be a melting pot where all beliefs, backgrounds, ethnicities, and viewpoints were welcome and yet the left attacks those who do not support a liberal agenda as being the ones who are intolerant instead of accepting these people for who they are or what they believe. The left is the side which is intolerant to the people who oppose them so I ask you which side is really trying to divide America?

  The answer to that question is obvious when you look at the divide and conquer campaign the left ran in 2012 when they pitted rich against poor, gay against straight, man against woman, and black against white. The sad part about this strategy is that it seems to work flawlessly, and now the left is look to divide the religious and the irreligious.

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. June 19, 2013 7:55 pm

    I’ve taught in both private and public schools and must tell you that the standards in private ones are much higher. As for Barack Obama’s comment, well I would expect nothing less from him. He would use the “cookie Cutter” approach that would turn out little robots incapable of independent thought. After all, that is the modern day liberals way.

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    • June 19, 2013 9:16 pm

      Can you say “common core?”

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  2. Chris permalink
    June 19, 2013 8:12 pm

    Remember, NI is part of the UK and not Ireland. This is the type of comment you are expected to make and curry favor with PM Dave. BO is such an ak.

    “His later visit along with Prime Minister David Cameron to an integrated primary school in Enniskillen was perhaps another diplomatic hint of the sort of progress he would like to see to enable young people to learn to live together. Was he saying that the Executive’s shared campus idea doesn’t go far enough and that it is only when children of all traditions learn together from the same curriculum in the same classroom on a daily basis that we can perhaps start to break down the divisions in people’s minds and hearts which perpetuate hatred and suspicion?”

    The US CC has rolled over and broken bread with BO because of his “social justice” agenda. Many Catholic schools are no longer totally free of government control. The textbook puplishers have made sure of that.

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  3. June 19, 2013 9:15 pm

    But elite private schools are just fine, right? So which ist. Eveeryone should be the same or everyone should be different. He talks out of both sides of his mouth and he does it at the same time. He does have some talents, just none that are useful.

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    • June 19, 2013 9:17 pm

      He sure does know how to play both sides of the fence, doesn’t he. he isn’t willing to send his girls to public schools.

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      • Chris permalink
        June 19, 2013 9:51 pm

        In a thugocrachy the elites always have the best. He wants his daughter indoctrinted at the most liberal school. Sidwell Friends School is a Quaker school. Heaven help us if they atteneded a pedestrian public school where there might be someone who did not espouse the liberal mantra.

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      • June 20, 2013 5:50 am

        And while they send their children to private schools they oppose school choice for the rest of us.

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  4. Bruce permalink
    June 19, 2013 9:55 pm

    What a crock of shit! Forgive the “strong” language, but having gone to Catholic Schools for all of elementary, all high school, and my first year of college, I think I have a say in this. YES! The parents, all of whom were working class, who spent extra money in addition to the taxes they paid for public schools DID want to separate their kids from those who didn’t share their morality, or their belief in class discipline, manners, lots of homework, emphasis on the 4 R’s, personal accountability, uniforms to show equality amongst students and a continuation of something their parents and generations before them shared in. There were quite a few non-Catholics who attended, and were never put down. At the same time, there sure wasn’t any “do your own thing” either.
    How is this different than the “United Negro Fund”?

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    • June 20, 2013 5:52 am

      No need to apologize, this is a free speech zone! 🙂

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  5. June 20, 2013 1:40 am

    Did Barry ever attend public school himself? He’s not really the ideal spokesman for that line of thinking.

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    • June 20, 2013 5:52 am

      Good point!

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  6. LD Jackson permalink
    June 20, 2013 7:37 am

    The man simply can not help himself. He almost always finds a way to use division and strife to make his points. More than ever, America is divided. One of the biggest causes of that is the man currently living in the White House.

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    • June 20, 2013 9:30 pm

      Amen to that Larry, that is how he governs.

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  7. Petermc3 permalink
    June 20, 2013 5:15 pm

    The obvious solution is to put all our children in madrasahs where there will be no division and no deviseness. After all if a child disagrees or cares to be different he has a choice to either knock off the crap or they’ll cut the little bastard’s head off. See, everyone thinks and acts the same; simple.

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    • June 20, 2013 9:31 pm

      It seems so simple doesn’t it? 😉

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