Thousands of teenagers all over the world are saying that phrase to their parents right now.
And it’s that phrase, or something like it that pretty much makes America what it is today. Did you know Thomas Jefferson’s original draft of the Declaration of Independence included this quotation:
“Yo, Brits. This is America, and we do what we want. So get off our jock.”
This original patriotic spirit of independence still runs thick through our plaque-encrusted veins, and you can usually count on someone exercising their first amendment right to gripe and moan whenever someone tells them what to do.
So, are these brave men and women, sacrificing their own welfare to make a statement true patriots…or just complete idiots?
Time to Make a Point
The school in question is Shorter University, a Baptist school in Georgia. So what can employees of the school no longer do, now that they have to sign a “morality clause?”
The school now demands that employees refrain from “drug and alcohol use, adultery and homosexuality.”
And over two dozen employees have resigned in protest.
So, either the school has been full of drunks, potheads, cheaters or closeted gays, and now it has been theoretically cleansed of all their bad apples. Either that, or two dozen people just wanted to make a meaningless point. They have already been replaced.
Real American Heroes
So maybe you think that the teachers who quit were real Americans, standing up for their rights. They’re telling those narrow-minded Baptists, “Don’t tread on me!” and whatnot. Maybe the Baptists are excessively legalistic. Telling grown adults not to drink alcohol when it’s legal? It sounds to me like this is the kind of place that would drive me to drink. I spent five years at Baptist schools, and they didn’t manage to convert me. I don’t think I’d work for one.
But…as absurd as you might think the Baptists’ morality clause is, the teachers who quit in protest are not the heroes. The school is.
The school has every right to assert who they are. They have every right to tell their employees the kind of people they want working for them. The school didn’t raid faculty homes looking for booze or anything. These people quit. And the school didn’t back down under pressure. That’s heroic.
It’s hard for me to believe that I’m standing up for them, because I don’t really want to. But my employer requires that I sign a “lifestyle statement.” Chances are, your employer does too. Even if your employer is completely liberal and secular, they expect you to uphold those value and not embarrass the company. If you work for a company that prides itself on being “tolerant” and “celebrating” different lifestyles, they probably don’t want you going to anti-gay protests.
There’s Always Strings Attached
The story of a couple dozen faculty members quitting their jobs illustrates the lunacy of our culture.
We don’t want anyone to believe anything. We almost intrinsically believe the Baptists don’t have the right to tell their employees not to drink. That was my first instinct.
We don’t want Boy Scouts to just be for boys or FCA to just be for athletes or Christians. We want them to be inclusive. We want churches to be charitable and good, but we don’t want them telling us what’s right and wrong.
Kids want their parents to pay for their rent, food, cars, video games and weed until they are thirty, but they want to call themselves “independent.” Adults want employers to give us great salaries and benefits, but we don’t want them telling us what to do.
We want corporations to create jobs, but we don’t want them to create profits. Jobs = good. Money = bad. We demonize corporations just from our vague sense that they are making too much money. Here’s a clue: you can’t have one without the other.
We want the government to keep us all healthy for free, but we don’t want them telling us we can’t have school bake sales. Here’s another clue: this is only the beginning. Just look at New York.
We want to drive our cars, but we don’t want to pay for gas. We want a small government that protects us from every conceivable danger. And we want free speech, but we don’t want to be offended.
Basically, we want everything, but we don’t want any strings attached.
And if that’s what you’re looking for, you’re always going to be offended, unhappy and left out.
What do you say? Do you or would you work for a company that required a “lifestyle contract?”