A recent Arvada Press article highlighted a group of conservative women in our town who are working to promote their political beliefs.
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A recent Arvada Press article highlighted a group of conservative women in our town who are working to promote their political beliefs. Although I don’t share their political views, I disagree even more with their use of the word “Christian” to imply that the Christian faith somehow aligns with what conservative Republicans are spouting today.
As a Christian, my faith teaches me the value of seeking and speaking truth. I take seriously my responsibility to seek truthful news sources and avoid those that don’t meet journalistic standards, like Fox news or anecdotes posted on social media. I would feel wrong about sharing sensationalistic posts over Facebook that may not be credible.
My faith acknowledges the continued presence of racism, and I work to understand that just because I don’t see racism happening (being white), it doesn’t mean that it isn’t happening. I work to understand how systemic racism continues to disadvantage people of color. I want our schools to teach the truth about our nation’s history – not just the history of white, male America.
My faith values inclusion, meaning I work to include and respect LGBTQ+ people, instead of shaming them. Schools should teach biology and comprehensive sex education in our classrooms, recognizing that many kids are struggling with understanding who they are, and they should be provided with factual information from kind adults. We owe it to our children to be accurate, age appropriate and honest.
I’m writing because I sometimes see conservatives use the Christian faith to justify their right-leaning beliefs. It’s clear to me that Christianity often aligns closer with the positions of the left. If Jesus were a public school teacher today, I believe he would teach our kids media literacy, biology and comprehensive sex education, the history of both white and non-white America, and the value of honesty and truth.
Robin Kupernik, Arvada
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