Yesterday I posted a blog about decorating public buildings (including public schools) with holiday symbols. I proposed that this should not be done, being unconstitutional and non-inclusive. I expected some strong feelings about my post, both for and against my ideas. And I looked forward to the discussion. What I got instead was silence. Sort of.
With the exception of one lone commenter (Thank you, mrichme), nobody seems willing to post their ideas. I did, however, get quite a few individuals send me private messages stating their views. And they varied...some in agreement, some not. And one person has been involved in a back and forth with me since the blog was posted (we do not agree but can still have a conversation and I hope still maintain respect for each other).
I find myself today most disturbed by this behind-the-scenes discussion on the subject. And I wonder when we all got so afraid to air our differences, to put forth our ideas, to discuss controversial topics. We seem quite willing to talk about education and technology. But why are we afraid to discuss government and religion? And when will we realize that by not talking, we are creating the very thing we try to hard to prevent? When we stop talking, when we say certain topics are off limits, we create walls to hide behind. We create fear. We create enemies.
I have a clear belief about whether or not we should be putting up religious holiday decorations in school. But so do you. Don't be afraid to speak your mind. This is America...place of freedom of speech (amazingly, the same amendment as the one cited in my first blog). We live in a country where we are allowed and encouraged to speak up. Why hide?