Regular readers of this site will know that FIRIS has been forced to take on an aggressive tone and launch a campaign to defend our children and reform the current SRI policy.
We tried being reasonable and we tried discussing the problems in a precatory manner assuming the system would respond to reason and common sense, it hasn’t and we were ignored with pro-forma nonsense letters that didn’t respond to our points.
The next tactic was to use the courts, and that process is wending its way through the legal system, carried on the backs of a few brave, if scared families who are facing a cashed up band of angry religious nationalists.
The conversation we are now having is via a free press. When we want to talk to the minister of education, we host that conversation on the 7:30 news, we talk to the public via the news papers, and radio – in short, we are heard because we are speaking in an effective audible tone of voice, that can’t be ignored.
Our opponent wants to use the schools as a “mission field”, and is full of self righteousness that leads them to see this as an accepted use of education, they are a state funded parachurch ministry who have a $12 million budget and thousands of volunteers and full time staff. They even have a fax machine and a network to “get the word out”. They feel they are “god’s presence” and they feel that they can pray to the creator of the universe to help them get their way.