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    Filed at 10:36 am under by dcobranchi

    I’ve been ignoring Kyle Williams’ rants because, heck, he’s only a kid. Today, though, he went a bit too far, and I want to respond. Besides, he gets paid for his opinions; he’ll need to develop some thick skin if he’s going to run with the big dogs.

    The object of his latest is that the Dems were only faking it and the GOP is the real party of true family values. Zzzzzzz! No, my disagreement is with his close:

    It’s really long-standing cultural thing, but American, evangelical Christianity has aligned itself with conservative and Republican culture. These liberals like Howard Dean and John Kerry are attempting to take a piece of the Christian community vote, but it won’t be easy – and it probably won’t happen in this election cycle. Christianity and conservative politics are still very much intertwined for many people. Moreover, with leaders like Dr. James Dobson and ubiquitous movements like home-schooling, conservatives are going to have a market on the Christian community for a while.

    Apart from the confused phraseology, Williams makes the common error of assuming that homeschooling=conservative=evangelical Christian. Not so. Yes, there are quite a few, but there are probably more home educators who homeschool for secular reasons and would not self-identify as conservative or evangelical. In fact, I’d bet that those now five-year-old data are out-of-date and that an even higher percentage of home educators are homeschooling for secular reasons.

    3 Responses to “NO MORE SLACK”

    Comment by
    July 31st, 2004
    at 10:53 am

    Daryl is talking about me! I live in Ohio and we are liberal non-christian homeschoolers. Yes, there are a lot of people locally who homeschool for divine reasons. But there is also a growing number of pagans, wiccans, atheists, and unitarian universalists (that’s me) and other non-comformist-types who are homeschooling. Our homeschooling group includes all of the above, and even some liberal christians.

    Comment by
    July 31st, 2004
    at 5:59 pm

    I think you’re missing the point. He’s not saying homeschoolers are all conservative Christians, but that conservatives and Christians mostly favor homeschooling rights — even those who don’t homeschool themselves. You know, ducks are birds, but not all birds are ducks?

    Comment by
    Ed Hurst
    August 1st, 2004
    at 2:54 pm

    I think it’s great Kyle gets to write professionally. He’s way ahead of most teens, and quite a few adults. There are plenty of writers who don’t spend much time considering carefully before they write. It’s like Rush Limbaugh, who once stated off-air that it’s more about entertainment than ideology. Kyle is entertaining, but like much that appears on WND, his work is little more than that. Once in awhile he says something useful, but usually doesn’t.

    There’s another half of this he misses: I’m very much the fundy type theologically, but most certainly not a fan of what passes today for conservative politics (nor liberals, either).