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children’s books: beliefs

February 19, 2015

If you follow my blog, you probably already know that my children’s books promote good character. Part of that would be standing up for your beliefs, under all circumstances. It’s not always the easiest thing to do, but in my view, it’s unquestionably the right thing. It’s refreshing to know that there are young people who agree. Let’s consider Samantha Jones, a high school  student in New Jersey.  Problems arose when an atheist organization wanted the words “One nation under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance.  Samantha and her parents got some help from  The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty. Here are Samantha’s thoughts on the subject:

Samantha is a great example of good character.

The Pledge is voluntary in New Jersey. If a student doesn’t like it, even just a phrase, they don’t have to say it. Samantha told Fox & Friends, “They have the right to remain silent, but they don’t have the right to silence everybody else.”

The case went court and the judge agreed with Samantha and her family. The case was dismissed. After the decision was read, here is Samantha’s response:

I’m so grateful the court decided that kids like me shouldn’t be silenced just because some people object to timeless American values. Ever since I was little, I’ve recited the Pledge of Allegiance because it sums up the values that make our country great. The phrase ‘under God’ protects all Americans—including atheists—because it reminds the government that it can’t take away basic human rights because it didn’t create them.

The founding fathers were careful to weave freedom of speech and freedom of religion into our Constitution. It’s one of the principles that makes America a great nation. I hope you’ll follow Samantha’s example throughout your life.

Many of my children’s books put standing for your beliefs in the spotlight. My Dad did that in Tails of Sweetbrier when he refused to accept the diagnosis of the specialist. He and I set out to prove the doctor wrong. In my new children’s book, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, Hattie the Chicken defends herself against the unkind comments of Bentley Bulldog. Don’t you think it’s a good idea to show examples of good character in children’s books?

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