Rapture’s coming; no need for edukashin

Rapture’s coming; no need for edukashin

The all-Republican Texas Supreme Court will decide whether homeschooling families must impart educational basics to their children or be allowed to keep them in ignorance until second coming of Jesus Christ.

According to this report, last year an appeals court ruled against Michael and Laura McIntyre, saying the Christian couple was not exempt from state education regulations.

The McIntyres appealed that ruling, and the state’s high court will decide whether religious parents have an obligation to ensure their children actually learn anything.

The couple removed their nine children from a private school in 2004, and a relative previously testified that the parents used empty space in a motorcycle dealership they co-owned as a classroom.

However, the relative testified that he never saw the children reading books, using computers or doing arithmetic – but instead they only played musical instruments and sang.

According to court documents:

Tracy (McIntyre, Michael’s brother) overheard one of the McIntyre children tell a cousin that they did not need to do schoolwork because they were going to be raptured.

And according to this earlier report, Michael’s parents, Gene and Shirene McIntyre, were also unhappy about this “not-learning-for Jesus” stuff.

They met with the El Paso School District’s attendance officer, Mark Mendoza to whom they expressed concerns that their grandchildren were not attending school or otherwise receiving a proper education.

Texas does not require home-school families to register with state or local educational officials, nor are they required to teach state-approved curriculums or give standardised tests.

But problems arose when the family’s eldest daughter, then 17 years old, ran away from home in 2006 and enrolled at a public high school – where administrators placed her in ninth grade because they weren’t sure she could handle higher-level coursework.

The El Paso school district eventually asked the McIntyres to prove their children were being properly educated, and the couple later filed a lawsuit after they were charged with truancy.

The McIntyres say the public school district is biased against Christians, and they accused school administrators of making:

A startling assertion of sweeping governmental power.

All but one of their children is now grown, although Laura McIntyre is still homeschooling her youngest child.

15 responses to “Rapture’s coming; no need for edukashin”

  1. 1859 says:

    ‘Pate de foie gras’ is made by taking geese by the neck and with a plunger forcing food down their long oesophagus. The result is a heavily overweight bird that cannot fly and which begins to suffer liver disease and painful joints. The bird suffers because it’s hollow bones are constantly trying to sustain the weight of its unnaturally obese body. When it is fully over-weight to the point of physical collapse it has its neck cut. The goose gets its ‘rapture’.

  2. barriejohn says:

    I was told: “Everything that you need to know is in the Bible”… by people who had telephones, motor cars, refrigerators, record players (not televisions, of course!), and so on and so forth. None ever seemed to see the irony of that situation. They even had scriptural back-up for this: the Israelites took out of Egypt with them all that they needed for their wilderness wanderings, and didn’t need to pick up or manufacture anything else along the way for forty years (their shoes didn’t wear out, even) . So God, in his infinite wisdom, ensured that every Christian, when “saved”, was equipped with all that he needed for his “pilgrim journey”. I’m not making this up!

    “I will grant this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be that when you go, you will not go empty-handed. But every woman shall ask of her neighbor and the woman who lives in her house, articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; and you will put them on your sons and daughters. Thus you will plunder the Egyptians.” (Exodus 3:21-22)

    “I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot.” (Deut 29:5)

  3. Broga says:

    I wonder whether the believers are just people who are afraid of the modern world. They use some of it but part of them hides in an apparently comforting superstition which provides all the answers and avoids all the challenges which come from an open mind.

  4. barriejohn says:

    In connection with my comment above, the following is quite hilarious. It appears on many sites, but must, surely, be a wind-up…isn’t it?

    Since the Jews make various demands of the Arabs and the world, and claim rights that they base on historical and religious sources, a group of Egyptians in Switzerland has opened the case of the so-called ‘great exodus of the Jews from Pharaonic Egypt.’ At that time, they stole from the Pharaonic Egyptians gold, jewelry, cooking utensils, silver ornaments, clothing, and more, leaving Egypt in the middle of the night with all this wealth, which today is priceless.”

    “They left in a convoy of 600,000, that is, about 120,000 families. There were a few wagons in the convoy, and a long line of donkeys loaded with the stolen goods… They crossed the desert in the heart of Sinai, in an attempt to confuse Pharaoh’s army, which was on their trail… Later they rested and began to count the stolen gold, and discovered that it reached 300,000 kg of gold.”

  5. 1859 says:

    @barriejohn: Had a butcher’s at your ‘freerepublic’ link and it confirmed my suspicion that the amount of donkey crap on the internet is growing at an exponential rate. The sad and very dangerous thing is that there are so many gullible people out there who will believe anything they read – as we well know from those who read the bibble and corran.

  6. Great Satan says:

    re the christian cartoon above – is the reference to “The Great Snatch” a Freudian slip on their part ?! – in real life this really would be a subject for rapture, and indeed the, er, 2nd coming !

  7. Broga says:

    @Great Satan: Or if you get lucky, even the third.

  8. AgentCormac says:

    The fact tht a Supreme Court in the most advanced nation on earth is, in the 21st century, actually considering such a thing as the possibility of a ‘rapture’, quite frankly leaves me gobsmacked. Thanks to religion, the whole world seems to be going backwards at a great rate of knots these days.

  9. Newspaniard says:

    Going back to the article… 9 children without any education. What kind of life are these poor people being condemned to by their parents? Those parents need locking up for a very long time for child cruelty.

  10. barriejohn says:

    Great Satan: I had assumed that the cartoon was a joke, but if you look it up on the internet it is one of a series that seem to be “serious” (Christians, generally, don’t have a great sense of humour, so often fail to spot puns, I can assure you). It features here, as does another very scary one: “Behold, I come quickly”. Yes, a real disaster!

    Some of those pics are just too funny for words, but are these people not certifiable?

  11. Brian Jordan says:

    Had the Exodus actually happened, surely the Jews would have been able to claim that, having been enslaved, the gold was just in lieu of wages.

  12. L.Long says:

    Well dumb assed xtian home schooler! As a small business owner, if I interviewed you, you would NOT get the job so I hope you like starving before the rapture gets here -AGAIN!!!! But then when you revert to criminal activity you will probably be caught and given free housing, food, and butt sex for a few years.

  13. barriejohn says:

    Brian Jordan: I think the Vikings owe us quite a lot of money!

  14. Cali Ron says:

    Great Satan: My first thoughts on seeing the illustration.

    barriejohn: Certifiable is right. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:3. He’s probably going to prepare the asylum they can all share whilst getting the appropriate psychiatric care.

    On a more serious note, this is child abuse. Another example of how religion has crept in and corrupted even our judicial system. The judge is no doubt an evangelical.

  15. dennis says:

    @barriejohn I had flash backs of Baptist church with my mom. still have the sakes from their stupidity.