That sets up what an Ohio parent posted on Facebook: a handout on “Being a Good Citizen” that his 8-year old daughter was given in school. And he was not happy, to say the least, about some of the assertions it made.
Note the phrasing in two of the points: “Rights are special privileges the government gives you” and “Because the government gives us rights, we have the duty to be good citizens.”
Emma’s father explained the reasons for his frustrations:
So Emma brought home a very interesting handout from school the other day. So informative! I didn’t know that our rights come from the government! Thank you, government! And thank you, public schools, for teaching my eight year old daughter all about her rights!
You see, I know how important it is to get to children early in their lives and make sure they understand how it is in the world. Otherwise their impressionable minds might be corrupted by falsehoods like the idea that our rights come from our Creator and that we are born with them. That, obviously, would be unacceptable. I mean, next we would have, what? People going to church wherever they wanted? Criticizing the President? Where would it end?! It’d be mass hysteria, just like with those clowns back in 1776!
Written by MICHAEL HAUSAM of IJR Review
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