Jennie Cain to Sue

I am delighted!

Jennie Cain is to sue her employers, the school, its headmaster and the council for alleged religious discrimination. I think she should certainly sue but wonder why those who victimised her and her five year old daughter were not dealt with.

To remind you for the details, a small child told her friend about the Christian faith and was then reprimanded by her teacher. That a child should process her thoughts and ideas by talking them over with a friend does not surprise me, and should not surprise a teacher.

That the teacher reprimanded the child at all disgusts me. The teacher may not be guilty of a hate crime according to the definition of the new law, but surely this is at least Christiaphobic behaviour which should have been firmly challenged by the employer? That teacher was not disciplined or corrected.

The child’s mother was then so alarmed at the way things had been handled that she sent a PRIVATE email asking Christian friends for prayer. A copy of her PRIVATE email ended up in the hands of the head teacher. The mother, a receptionist at the school was then suspended for her prayer request for four months. It is unclear to me whether she was suspended for the words of her child or because of her PRIVATE correspondence.

I am at a loss to know how it is that both the head teacher and the Christiaphobic teacher have escaped escaped disciplinary procedures.

The news that Jennie Cain is to sue came to my attention about the same time as our news was filled with the detail of two children torturing another two children, and the outcry was, “Where has our society gone wrong?”

Jennie must sue and win as this battle affects all Christians (and Christian children) in this country.

5 thoughts on “Jennie Cain to Sue

  1. why can’t you people adopt some basic ethical protocols such as simple honesty? why lie through your teeth when the facts are easily known.
    the child did not discuss the christian faith. she’s 5. read that again. she’s FIVE. she repeated some awful hateful beliefs of her mother and in doing so scared the shit out of one of her classmates. the teacher did her job and stepped in. you know this as well as I do but you are too dishonest to repeat the facts. typical sickening christian dishonesty.

  2. I appreciate your comments Tony but I find myself wanting to as if they are an expression of Christiaphobia on your part? Forgive me if this seems a harsh question, but you used strong (and perhaps unlawful) language, describing the Christian faith of her mother as hateful beliefs.

    I repeat what I said above, that a child should process her thoughts and ideas by talking them over with a friend does not surprise me, and that should not surprise a teacher.

    We can not expect that what the child expressed was sound theology (“she’s 5!”) but censorship of the language and conversation of five year olds is presumptuous and dangerous step in my opinion.

    Thanks for your comment though.

  3. Perhaps where the little girl’s mother went wrong was that she used school equipment to compose and transmit her “private” email. Whether she used a school computer, network or both, she cannot expect any level of privacy whatsoever when using her employers equipment. Employers are legally responsible and financially liable for the actions of employees to include computer and network use.

    If I were a gambler, I’d bet a week’s salary that some if not all of the recipients of the email in question were also school employees. I’d even go so far as to bet she even sent the email to the work addresses of her friends rather than using their personal addresses. Further, it would seem that at least one of the people she sent the email to was also irritated by it, enough to complain and forward it to the administration. Which is, I’m sure, where the head teacher got it. Teachers are not generally proficient in computer networking on a network admin level and would probably not know how to gain access to, much less administer an email system. Accordingly, the head teacher would likely not know how to access to all users email, much less dig out this *one* email from the scads of email sent & received each day.

    Had the offending little girl’s mother been able to contain herself long enough to get home and handle her personal matters once there, I bet she would not be in the predicament she’s in right now. Instead, she let her knee-jerk emotional response to some perceived religious offense guide her actions rather than taking a rational, well thought out approach to dealing with the problem. Unfortunately, that sort of response is not uncommon, and is not just the domain of religious people, though it is much more common to find it amongst them than amongst the general population.

    To be fair, the little girl who did the sharing was likely parroting things she’s heard others say. That she likely had little understanding of the meaning of her words does not mitigate any harm she might cause another nor does it justify allowing her to continue. In fact, it is a primary reason to stop her from continuing. There are many, many things that adherents to a particular belief system would think nothing of, yet others who are not part of that same belief system would find disturbing, irritating or downright offensive. Christianity is not an exception, despite the attitude prevalent amongst its’ adherents. Having been raised in Christianity, I know first hand how disturbing, harmful and frightening (to a 5 year old) some of the teachings can be. Once again, Christianity is not alone in this. That being said, the reprimand should fit the action or words being corrected.

    You mention the censorship of 5 year olds as if it’s some sort of hallowed ground, the same as censorship of adults, and it is clearly not. You would not permit or even condone a 5 year old using foul language, would you? That is censorship. I think the chances that you’d be willing to tolerate a child of another religion pushing their beliefs onto your children under the guise of simple conversation would be slim to none. Censorship again if you try to silence the other child rather than simply remove your child from the situation.

    It likely has more to do with others being tired of the impositions that Christians think nothing of, rather than “Christophobia”. I had a conversation with my father, a devout Christian, recently regarding the reasoning behind the Christian propensity to force Christian beliefs and values on others, often against the will of those imposed upon. His answer was baffling. So much so that I doubt my ability to accurately relay it.

    I think that as a group, Christians have something to offer society, just like other groups of people. In fact, many of my friends and family are Christians. I generally get along well with Christians as long as they remember to respect the wishes and beliefs of others as much as they want others to respect their own wishes and beliefs. This last point is often overlooked, ignored or outright disregarded by many Christians, much to the irritation of those who have been disregarded. That is the source of the vast majority of anti-Christian sentiment in societies following the western european model.

  4. Wow, a long comment but thanks for your thoughts anyway.

    I do not agree with all you have said, obviously, and am not going to start arguing loads points you have made.

    The only one I want to reply to is the one about the child. You said, “I think the chances that you’d be willing to tolerate a child of another religion pushing their beliefs onto your children under the guise of simple conversation would be slim to none.”

    I do not believe the child was “pushing” her beliefs. She probably had little understanding of them.

    If the other child was upset or disturbed by what she was hearing, then the one speaking about Christianity could have been spoken to with a bit more sophistication than a reprimanded by her teacher. There are other ways of helping a child understand that she must be considerate in what she says to others.

    You said, “I think the chances that you’d be willing to tolerate…”

    I did! My children went to average state schools because we wanted them exposed to all the ideas and faiths out there. I would never have objected to someone of another faith describing their beliefs to my children. Just as well as that was a frequent occurrence, especially from the humanist and atheist teachers who would often ridicule the faith of the Christian children, including mine. The ridiculing of the Christian faith by teachers is not uncommon and is something currently being experienced by some young people in my church.

  5. The girl did not tell the other chile about her Christian faith. She told her she was going to hell for not believing in god. Typical Christian dishonesty.

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