Dear Editor: Your article on the disgraceful decision to remove almost 200 religious icons and statues from a Catholic school in California didn’t cover the bankrupt explanations the school’s administration gave for justifying its religious spinelessness and condescending dismissal of parental concern with the standby cliché that “they are afraid of change.”
Of course, the administration teaches the small children on the “importance of LGBT awareness” and they repeatedly emphasize the silly word inclusive, a modern code word which really means Christianity and Christian values must be excluded.
The real purpose to disavowing Catholicism is to revel in a sense of how open-minded we can pretend to be by accepting the right to prejudices by people, including their children, who potentially hate Catholicism. We derive a corrupt satisfaction whenever we portray ourselves as wonderfully sensitive to their “discomfort” for being reminded that Christianity exists.
This is regarded as preferable to those unenlightened stodgy Catholics of the past who actually honored the profound challenge of Jesus when he said, “Blessed are you when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake.”
Inclusive apparently does not include respecting children enough to accept that whether they are Catholic or not in a Catholic school, their character building includes respecting Catholicism. For teachers to not understand this reflects an extreme lack of honorability and a very real abuse of children.