14035RE: [CF] OT: religious fundamentalists
- Aug 1, 2005
>>-----Original Message-----No one's post offended me. I made the assumption that everyone used the
>>[mailto:CarFree@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Terry Mehlman
>>Sent: Monday, August 01, 2005 1:22 PM
>>Subject: Re: [CF] OT: religious fundamentalists
>>Obviously, there is a lot of diversity within the Christian
>>community and a lot of religious diversity within the
>>I apologize if my characterizations of groups and sub-groups
>>offended you in any way.
term correctly -- especially as it was in the context of people
homeschooling as a means of protecting children. I made my comments for
those who may not be aware of the various "shades" of Christianity,
especially American Christianity.
Living in a university town, I have found homeschooling is usually done
-- regardless of religious or political persuasion -- as a way to
"protect" children from "harmful" influences -- whether one defines
those influences as bad teaching, boring curriculum, controversial
topics, drugs, Christians, non-Christians, etc. Interestingly enough,
most homeschoolers I have known (admittedly I know few) were more likely
to be parents from the "left," trying to avoid cultural influences
typical in Oklahoma. Once again, that is probably because I live in a
I have often thought it would have been much easier to raise my children
to be car-free (among other personal values I prize) if I had
homeschooled them. I still have three at home -- 16, 9 and 6 -- and, if
finances allowed, would be interested in trying it with my younger two.
But my husband is adamantly opposed to homeschooling because he, like
many, sees homeschooling as a way of damping down the imagination.
Norman, Okla., USA
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