"We have a way of doing things here, and it’s not going to change to accommodate a very small minority."

From this Saturday’s New York Times:

GEORGETOWN, Del. – After her family moved to this small town 30 years ago, Mona Dobrich grew up as the only Jew in school. Mrs. Dobrich, 39, married a local man, bought the house behind her parents’ home and brought up her two children as Jews.

For years, she and her daughter, Samantha, listened to Christian prayers at public school potlucks, award dinners and parent-teacher group meetings, she said. But at Samantha’s high school graduation in June 2004, a minister’s prayer proclaiming Jesus as the only way to the truth nudged Mrs. Dobrich to act.

I’m sure you can guess what happened next. The good people of Georgetown Delaware realized that their behavior was unconstitutional (not to mention exclusionary and rude), apologized to the Dobriches, and changed their ways.


Actually, the Dobriches were threatened and her son was ridiculed for wearing his yarmulke and called “Alex the Jew.” At one school board meeting, where Ms. Dobrich spoke about the need for policies that did not exclude people based on faith, another speaker said, “If you want people to stop calling him ‘Jew boy,’ you tell him to give his heart to Jesus.”

This quote from a local resident seemed to sum up the community’s attitude:

“We have a way of doing things here, and it’s not going to change to accommodate a very small minority,” said Kenneth R. Stevens, 41, a businessman sitting in the Georgetown Diner. “If they feel singled out, they should find another school or excuse themselves from those functions. It’s our way of life.”

3 thoughts on “"We have a way of doing things here, and it’s not going to change to accommodate a very small minority."

  1. Ahh…. the Light of Christ truly shines through in His followers, doesn’t it?

    It just shows how these people don’t understand the phrase “tyranny of the majority.” If they have more people, they should be able to bully everyone else, right?

    And they wont see anything wrong with it. Even if someone were to bring suit against them, all that will happen is to encourage even more bigotry and hatred against the people in the minority.

    Funny, though, how you never hear an atheist saying we should ignore the Constitution because we don’t agree with it.

  2. I just read the entire article, and a few things struck me that have me almost sick to my stomach.

    The first is how proudly these people wear their hatred and bigotry. It’s mind-boggling to think we live in an age where people feel these kinds of things are not only acceptable, but encourage this kind of reaction.

    Next is how the article starts by talking about the increasing controversy of religion in schools. There wouldn’t be a controversy if they were following the law to begin with. But these folks think it’s their divine duty to disobey the law for the good of our children.

    And certainly not last, but I have to stop somewhere, is the comment that you could “assume everyone was Christian” up until a little while ago. I think it would be more accurate to say that it was safe to assume that any non-Christians felt threatened enough not to say anything for fear of being lynched.

    Bravo to the families brave enough to speak up, in spite of the persecution. While the Christians cry their rights are being trampled, these people are making a stand to show who the real oppressors are in that town.

  3. “…these people…”

    Maybe everyone in GEORGETOWN, Del. is a millitent bigot, but perhaps not. The newspaper is going to publish the views of the hot-heads because that’s what makes for an interesting story. I don’t know if the paper presented any more moderate views, but there might be more than is apparent. Many people might not have realy thought of other points of view before, and once they read about some of the ugly behavior going on might decide that that is not a reflection of their own views.

    Or so we may hope!

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