Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Call Me Old Fashioned?

The other morning on my drive into work, I heard a song that gave me pause... it started out as your typical life-was-so-much-better-when-we-were-young song, I may have even nodded at a line or two but I was a bit taken aback by this (disclaimer: maybe I'm being slightly dramatic by blogging about this, the line I'm about to share isn't ghastly offensive... but it did give me pause):

Now I'm more of a spiritual kinda gal (please do not confuse spiritual with hemp-wearing-patchouli-scented-hippie - while that is fine, it is not who I am), I believe that there is something more... I can't put my finger on it but I believe nonetheless.  My views certainly guide my moral compass... but I'm not perfect and sometimes I am ashamed by my actions.  However, that isn't what this post is about... it's about religion in school.  

That line just made me stop & shake my head.  I firmly believe in the separation of Church & State... I believe that the religious upbringing (or lack-thereof) of my children is my job, as their parent.  Not the job of their teacher.  I believe that my children have the right to learn about all religions, as they choose but not to have it crammed down their throat.  I don't agree with prayer in school... I just don't.   

I don't think the world would be a better place if prayer were reintroduced in school.   I think the world would be a better place if we all exercised a little more tolerance.

I'll step off of my soapbox now...


  1. I know that song, and I think you grabbed one line from it only to write about she the whole song is worth discussing, the line you chose doesnt sum up the point of it all.
    I do love this song, it shows how things have changed from decades ago and recently. from asking a fathers permission to marry, holding doors open for women, hats off for an anthem, working for your money, traditions, two parent families etc.
    This song captures what we now see as old fashioned. Are some of us old fashioned, or are we trying to hard to please everyone? I think sometimes "we" try too hard to be equals, to not offend, to be independent and to be a new society. Perhaps this drastic change in the new society has made us rude and ignorant. Now.....there's a blog post!!!!

  2. I don't believe that we're any ruder or more ignorant than times past. I think that *everyone* looks back at their childhood and thinks it was the be all & end all.

    I did say that I found myself agreeing with many of the lyrics...
    The hubs asked my dad for my hand in marriage (I shit you not).

    My point was, that not everyone thing from bygone eras are the reason for the societal pickle that we are in...

  3. Simply put, "the good 'ol days" are a delusion because we don't tend to remember the bad things.