Last month, students at Larkin High School in Elgin, IL took part in Ask An Atheist Day by setting up a couple tables in their cafeteria with permission from the principal.
When I posted about the event a few weeks ago, one local paper quoted a crazy parent:
“They were here to talk about atheism,” said Shavon Stanback of Elgin. “That’s totally unacceptable to me.”
She continued: “I’m a Christian woman. I believe in God. I believe in heaven and hell.”
Now, there’s another article featuring the atheists — specifically, in the larger context of how students are allowed to set up tables during lunch at the school to raise money for their causes, recruit for the military, or promote their religious viewpoints. And once again, the same damn parent is quoted.
Shavon Standack of Elgin told The Courier-News her son and niece, both Larkin students, were so upset by the booth, her husband signed them out of school for the rest of the day.“They were telling students God is fake, their parents are lying to them,” Standack said. “The students are up there, arguing with them, and the teachers are allowing this to go on.”
Umm… teachers have nothing to do with this. The students were simply answering the questions of students who voluntarily came up to them. And the atheists were right. It’s part of a healthy discourse and I’m proud the school supported the students’ right to make it happen.
Anyway, if she’s going to pull her kids out of school anytime other students express a non-Christian point of view, I pity the moment her kids step out of the bubble she wants to trap them in.
No wonder the papers love going to her — she keep opening her mouth to spew nonsense.
At least the principal, Dr. Jon Tuin, kept a level head about it:
Tuin said he spoke to a few students who seemed upset by the table and assured them, “If I can allow you to do the same thing, I have to allow them.”
“We have clubs that set up tables all the time. We have a couple Christian groups. They get to set up a table.”
That’s all the atheists want: the same opportunity all the religious groups get. Regardless of how much it bothers some Christianity-obsessed parent.