A dear friend of mine, Angela Bertone, has written a trilogy of children’s books and asked the Tangipahoa Parish School Board if she might be allowed to do presentations at parish schools, which could include any or all of the following: a synopsis of her stories; how she was inspired to self-publish her work; discuss creative writing, using her work as examples; as well as possible fundraising for the schools.
The books are about Mary the mother of Jesus. The Louisiana Center for Theatrical Arts has selected Angela’s work for its 2013 Christmas Play, and will hold performances at the Reimer’s Auditorium and The Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center, both in Hammond. Angela has also been invited to appear at the Baton Rouge Book Festival.
The email response from the Tangipahoa Parish School Board said “public schools and the government can’t promote one religion over another.”It read that “by allowing students to sell these religious books, they would move from allowing religious expression to promoting a particular religion.”The email further said they “would not send out a flyer or ask children to sell a book about Halloween, for instance.”
Angela was allowed to speak at the School Board’s recent meeting. She thanked them for their service and reminded them that they are elected by the people to represent them. She spoke of those who have fought and died and continue to, to ensure our freedoms. She also reminded them that this country was founded on Christianity and its beliefs.
She stated that she would accept their decision without question, unless it is discriminatory; if Christianity is excluded, then all religion will be excluded.
Angela then spoke of a publication already in the schools — Scholastic magazine, in which October’s edition lists Halloween books the children could order.
Halloween, or Day of the Dead, is known as the “Festival of the Dead”among the adherents of witchcraft. According to modern-day witches Arnold and Patricia Crowther, “on this night the Horned God began his reign.”Witches acknowledge that their “horned god”is the “lord of the dead.” This is a deity, thus worship of him is a religion.
There is no misunderstanding these words: “Congress shall make no law respecting establishment of religion or prohibit the free exercise thereof.”It is sad, but decisions like the one facing this board are often made out of fear, but fear of whom?
Where there is fear, there is acceptance of a lie. Leaders will be held accountable by a much higher authority than anyone on this Earth.
The School Board will revisit this matter at 4 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Tangipahoa Parish School Board office.
I suggest that parents and grandparents come in support of the children; do not leave it to someone else. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. We are fast losing our freedoms, and when we no longer have liberty, we will all wish for death!