The threshold of societal shock value continues to escalate rapidly, like a group of Muslim fundamentalist refugees resetting the protocol for dating etiquette in western culture, as an educator in a Florida recently declared war on Christianity as she forced students in her classroom to remove cross necklaces and instituted a permanent ban of the religious symbols.
The Daily Caller reports that Riverview High School math teacher Lora Jane Riedas allegedly “bullied” at least three pupils who were donning cross jewelry and responded to a student questioning the validity of her authority, that the cross is ultimately a sign of “disrespect” and “promotes gang activity”. Hillsborough County Public Schools are currently investigating the allegations.
Riedas, an advocate and active participant in the LGBT movement, has apparently and aggressively overstated her authority by promoting same-sex lifestyle through classroom decor and dialogue, and even plastered student’s workbooks with pro-gay rainbow stickers without consent. In the backwards world of public school policy, how does an employee of the school district and licensed by the state enjoy the freedoms to promote personal sexual preference in the classroom and other religious practices, yet upholds an open and negative stance towards the Christian faith? The reckless, hypocritical, and anti-Christian hijinks of Riedas have been addressed in a letter sent to the school district and authored by the Liberty Counsel, a non-profit group advocating the freedom of religion. While the recourse of conspicuous and costly legal action is a likely endgame in this scenario, will any precedent be established to halt future attempts by radicals to abuse the latitudes afforded in the public school system to blatantly promote a single side of a political issue within the curriculum?
The wayward antics of the renegade teacher are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg in a string of unprofessional and unconstitutional conduct on school property, bordering on blatant indoctrination. The Liberty Counsel letter also claims that Riedas’s partner and colleague dressed up as a nun during school spirit week and wore a cross necklace constructed of skulls, and cites the propensity of Riedas, during the hotly contested presidential election, to enforce a “no Trump” dress code. At the end of the day, will the powerful and politicized Florida Education Association fold under the pressure and allow a bigoted ideologue forcing her agenda upon her students to remain unscathed? As the paramount duty of every teacher is to effectively and professionally teach the subject in which they are assigned, how this situation is handled will have lasting effects on the future or education policy.
Read the full Daily Caller story here.