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Education Reporter
NUMBER 250 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS NOVEMBER 2006

'Free Speech'

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On Oct. 2, CBS-TV Evening News aired a "Free Speech" Segment with Brian Rohrbough, the father of a boy killed in the Columbine school massacre of 1999. Katie Couric was hit with a storm of protests from people who objected to anyone telling the truth about what is going on in public schools. The following night, Rohrbough was interviewed on Bill O'Reilly's TV show where he did a good job of defending his remarks. Here is part of Rohrbough's statement:

"When my son Dan was murdered on the sidewalk at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, I hoped that would be the last school shooting. Since that day, I've tried to answer the question, 'Why did this happen?' This country is in a moral free-fall. For over two generations, the public school system has taught in a moral vacuum, expelling God from the school and from the government, replacing him with evolution, where the strong kill the weak, without moral consequences and life has no inherent value. We teach there are no absolutes, no right or wrong. And I assure you the murder of innocent children is always wrong, including by abortion. Abortion has diminished the value of children. Suicide has become an acceptable action and has further emboldened these criminals. And we are seeing an epidemic increase in murder-suicide attacks on our children."

Which do you think critics found most objectionable in Rohrbough's criticism of the public schools: (a) expelling God from schools, (b) endorsing evolution, (c) teaching there is no right or wrong, (d) condoning abortion, (e) making suicide acceptable, (f) all of the above?


 
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