From: EHS News [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2010 7:21 AM
To: EHS Parent Information
Subject: [ehs_parent_information] EHS Parent Information
WOODSTOCK is coming to Eagan! NO JOKING!
Young Life presents……WOODSTOCK, a fun music festival for ALL AGES!
TUESDAY, AUGUST 10
6:00PM to 10:00PM
Eagan Community Center Band Shell
Come to hear some local talent. Here’s the line up!
The Gleason Brothers, play 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and pop/folk music
The Flip Side, Eagan HS students play their own original, alternative music
The Whiteboard Theory, EHS students play their own alternative rock music
The George Hottinger Blues Band, have played all over the Twin Cities, play outstanding popular Blues music
Admission: Adults: $10, Students $5, kids 10 and under , free
This is a fundraiser for Young Life, scholarships funds for camps and service projects
I didn't recognize the school club 'Young Life'. I assumed it was a school club because the same email also mentioned a fundraiser for the girls hockey team. I asked my daughter. She didn't know. So then I google Young Life. You have to go several pages in but I found out they were a CHRISTIAN group who's vision statement reads:
You see the problem here don't you? I'm not CHRISTIAN. I don't want my children attending CHRISTIAN events. I don't want a school district email promoting Christian events! I'm sure many Christian parents would object to this use of school resources and if their children attended other religious event without full knowledge of them.
Superintendent Jane Berenz emailed back:
"Thank you for bringing this to our attention. From time to time, high schools share information about community events that might be of interest to students and families. I have asked Dr. Reikowski to be aware of events like the Young Life event in the future"WTF$@! kind of message is that? No acknowledgement of the issue and no resolution! So I email back this morning...'an email needs to go out to the same group letting them know the 'CHRISTIAN' nature of this so-called 'community event'. Although I'm being kind because it's not a 'community event'; it's a 'CHRISTIAN event'. Since the event isn't until August 10, it's shouldn't pose a problem in the school clarifying their initial omission from the initial emailing.
Well see what happens but this raises other questions. Going forward is the school district going to allow all religions to post out 'community events' like passover Seder meals, Ramadan events, or Knights of Columbus gatherings under the guises of FUN community gatherings omitting their true nature and goals? I don't think so...
Let's cut the bull and say it for what it is...they used school resources to promote a religious event and now to make it right, they need to clarify that event or retract it so parents can make an informed choice. They might even want to address that going forward they will fact check and not allow groups with this type of affiliation postings. The email is between the district and parents and when you subscribe it says:
"..numerous email lists to support improved communication between the district and residents, between schools and parents - even between individual classroom teachers and parents"MN ACLU regarding this matter and will keep you posted. And no- in case you couldn't tell, Jesus isn't my personal savior.
NEWS! UPDATE ON THESE EVENTS!
So I posted earlier about a school/religion issue with School District 196 email list. A few hours ago I was notified they would post out information clarifying the group in question (Young Life) affiliation as a Christian Group. That was done. I told them that I sincerely hope the school district doesn't use any resources in the future to promote any religious group activity...we will see...
A special shout out to MN ACLU...who immediately turned it over to their legal staff. I truely believe had I not told the school districts I'd done so, we would still be back to me complaining and the school district not being responsive. You can join MN ACLU for as little at $35 a year ...or donate (which is tax deductable!).
Ry Cooder Jesus on the Mainline