Christians don't claim exclusivity

I read Erika Raskin's article regarding home schooling in The Hook with interest. [December 18 cover: "Home for the holidays: And every other day too"]

There appeared to be an element of aversion toward the "Christian Right." I was left with the impression that Christians wished to claim exclusive rights to the movement. However, I don't believe Christians have ever done so.

The fact that a great diversity of people home school their children is nothing new. It is also nothing new that people of common interest will form organizations that promote their ideals. This diversity is healthy. It allows these associations to protect their diverse ideals while sharing a common concern.

Not all Christian groups turn their backs on those parents who do not hold to Christian "dogma" but do share in the concern for their children's education. That is why places such as Bob Jones University Press sell their home school-centric curriculum to this diverse group. It appears that many of them do not share Raskin's aversion, because they purchase the material– not for the dogma, but for the solid teaching tool that it is.

I did find the article informative and interesting. There just seemed to be an underlying attitude that made me curious to find out from what root it sprung. Perhaps I misjudged. If so, I apologize.

Jonathan Pait
Public Liaison, Bob Jones University
Greenville, South Carolina