Here’s yet another example of a school bringing in an outside group to put on a school assembly that is ostensibly just about vague things like “self-respect” but that really turn out to be little more than sermons telling students about how God will fix all their problems.
Last week the student bodies at both Biddeford High School and Biddeford Middle School attended an assembly put on by a group call Life Choices. School officials say the program was promoted as being about the Columbine school tragedy, school safety and tolerance.
But the ACLU of Maine says it went too far.
“Talked about martyrdom and people dying for Christ and these are views of course that people have a right to have, but student should be able to go to school and not have those views presented”, said Zach Heiden of the ACLU of Maine…“After attending I can understand how people could have been uncomfortable with some of the religious references and we’re deeply sorry if that offended anyone”, said Biddeford School Superintendent Jeremy Ray.
School officials say they reviewed the Life Choices website before the presentation. On it they say there were valuable messages that students can use such as self respect, setting life goals, and respecting others. They say nowhere on that website were messages with religious overtones.
Of course they don’t. They know that would raise red flags. But this kind of thing goes on all the time, under the guise of encouraging abstinence or teaching kids to stay off drugs. Then they get there and it’s Bradlee Dean giving a sermon about the evils of homosexuality and abortion.