Just when I thought I knew my Biblical family values, here comes the Voice of Christian Youth America to tell me I forgot one: playing dress up.
Students at Pineview Elementary in Reedsburg had been dressing in costume all last week as part of an annual school tradition called Wacky Week. On Friday, students were encouraged to dress either as senior citizens or as members of the opposite sex.
A local resident informed the Voice of Christian Youth America on Friday. The Milwaukee-based radio network responded by interrupting its morning programming for a special broadcast that aired on nine radio stations throughout Wisconsin. The broadcast criticized the dress-up day and accused the district of promoting alternative lifestyles.
"We believe it's the wrong message to send to elementary students," said Jim Schneider, the network's program director. "Our station is one that promotes traditional family values. It concerns us when a school district strikes at the heart and core of the Biblical values. To promote this to elementary-school students is a great error."
Schneider conveniently omits the fact that the kids themselves chose this as the way to be wacky that week. So are the kids themselves anti-Bible? And where does the Bible say that
dressing up as a member of the opposite sex or as an older person is wrong? You'll note nowhere in the story does anyone back up this claim. Where does it say "Thou shalt not wear a dress if you are a man"?, or "Thou shalt not imitate an old person"? I guess in the same place it says "life begins at conception: nowhere but in the imagination.
I wonder if Jim Schneider believes the actors in Shakespeare's time (all men, and likely majority Christian) were violating Biblical values when they dressed as women for their roles? Do Eric Idle and John Cleese of Monte Python fame have a fiery hell awaiting them for doing so many skits in drag? Or how about the many actors who wear makeup to appear older than they are for their roles?
And these people wonder why the rest of us don't take them seriously. This is the same crowd that worries about gay teletubbies. A bit of fun for the kids to break up the monotony of studying for NCLB exams somehow becomes part of TEH GAY AGENDA.
Children, can you spell p-a-r-a-n-o-i-d? I thought you could.