Kelli Cook, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, The Golden Hammer
In his epic treatise, Anarchy, State and Utopia, the late Harvard political philosopher Robert Nozick defined “individualism” to be a society in which the structure itself is diverse and does not provide or guarantee that there will be any common goal that all pursue jointly. Nozick noted, however, that “socialism” is the opposite of “individualism,” because socialism encourages group goals which all in a society pursue together.
The citizen discussion at the Conroe Independent School District (CISD) Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, November 19, could not have illustrated the difference between individualism and socialism more starkly.
The advocates of acceptance of gay rights explicitly said, “You should respect and accept my beliefs and opinions, even if you do not agree with them.” (Rachel Walker, Woodlands Pride.)
The advocates on the other side of the coin argued, “You do not have the right to demand that I applaud and agree with your opinion.” (Dr. Jay Gross, Senior Pastor, West Conroe Baptist Church.)
When did schools, which are supposed to teach reading, writing, and arithmetic, ever become the agent for teaching respect and acceptance of all beliefs and opinions? When did schools ever become the agents for change in moral beliefs or moral authority?
Schools never became either.
Fundamentally, while the liberals put a gloss of gay rights advocacy on their arguments, in reality they sought the right to indoctrinate children with their moral beliefs, specifically their beliefs that everyone has a collective duty to accept all conduct, regardless of its ethics or morality.
CISD illustrated loud and clear the existential threat to public education and to American society.